A new toll-free telephone number provides information on data in the Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting program, the federal law requiring meat packers to report the prices they pay livestock producers for their animals.

By calling 1-800-687-7410, producers can verify that their transactions were reported to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Producers can also get answers to questions about the reports issued through the price reporting program and how to use them.

Even though the price reporting law expired in September, some companies have agreed to voluntarily adhere to audits and other program requirements.

“This is something pork producers have asked USDA to implement,” says National Pork Producers Council President Don Buhl, a Tyler, MN, producer. “We are pleased that an 800 number is now operating for producer inquiries about mandatory price reporting.”