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Reporting Violations

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

800-998-3447 (toll-free)

Grain, Rice, & Pulses
USDA, GIPSA, FGIS
Compliance Division, Regulatory Branch
STOP 3604
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-3604
FAX 202-690-2755

Livestock, Meat, & Poultry
USDA, GIPSA, P&SP
STOP 3601
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-3601
FAX 202-205-9237
Email PSPComplaints@usda.gov

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:

  • (a) program activities (e.g., grain sampling, grading, weighing, etc.);
  • (b) bribes (i.e., offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of anything of value);
  • (c) assaults (e.g., verbal or physical attacks, etc.) and
  • (d) misconduct (i.e., 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; 36Kb)

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, GIPSA 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 publication (PDF; 185Kb) on this website for a more complete description of the practices subject to GIPSA's enforcement.