Reporting Violations

Any person can report to AMS violations or suspected violations and abuses in the grain, livestock, meat, and poultry industries.

Reporting Violations of the USGSA OR AMA

The United States Grain Standards Act and the Agricultural Marketing Act regulations require that official personnel promptly report any violations of existing statutes, policies, procedures or instructions. They shall report incidences that include:

  • program activities (e.g., grain sampling, grading, weighing, etc.);
  • bribes (e.g., offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of anything of value);
  • assaults (e.g., verbal or physical attacks, etc.) and
  • misconduct (e.g., create the appearance of a loss of impartiality, etc.).

For additional information, see: FGIS Directive 9070.6 Reporting Violations of the U.S. Grain Standards Act and the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (pdf)

USDA, AMS, FGIS
Quality Assurance and Compliance Division
STOP 3614
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-3614
800-998-3447 (toll-free) FAX: 202-720-7786

Reporting Violations of the P&S Act

As stated by Congress, the purpose of the Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act) is "to assure fair competition and fair trade practices, to safeguard farmers and ranchers...to protect consumers...and to protect members of the livestock, meat, and poultry industries from unfair, deceptive, unjustly discriminatory and monopolistic practices...."

Accordingly, AMS encourages farmers, ranchers and other producers, consumers, and members of the livestock, meat, and poultry industries to report incidents of a) slow, insufficient, or non-payment for livestock, meat, or poultry, b) potential antitrust practices, or c) unfair, deceptive, and fraudulent practices by entities subject to the P&S Act. See the P&S Act Fact Sheet (pdf) for a more complete description of the practices subject to AMS's enforcement.

Livestock, Meat, & Poultry
USDA, AMS, FTPP
STOP 3601
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-3601
1-833-DIAL-PSD 1-833-342-5773 (toll-free)
FAX: 202-205-9237
Email: PSDComplaints@usda.gov

For Meat Complaints - Visit the Meat Packers – Sales and Purchase Contract Complaints page