Core Provisions: This extensive farm bill includes an anti-arbitration provision. Section 210 of the act would only permit arbitration to resolve controversies in livestock or poultry contracts where, after the dispute has arisen, the parties consent in writing to arbitration. It would render void pre-dispute arbitration provisions in these agreements.
Status: S.2302 was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Harkin (D-IA) on Nov. 2, 2007 and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. H.R.2419 was introduced in the House by Rep. Peterson (D-MN) on May 22, 2007. Different versions of the bill have passed each house and will be reconciled via conference committee. The Senate appointed conferees on February 4, 2008.