JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, USDA TO CONDUCT ANTITRUST WORKSHOP
NORMAL, Ala. -- The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a joint workshop at Alabama A&M University in Normal on May 21 to explore competition issues affecting the poultry industry and the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement.
According to USDA officials, the goals of the workshop are to promote dialogue among interested parties and foster learning with respect to the appropriate legal and economic analyses of these issues, as well as to listen to and learn from parties with experience in the agriculture sector. Attendance at the workshop is free and open to the public.
The general public and media interested in attending the Alabama workshop should register at www.AAMU.edu/saes/FAS/DOJ_USDA.
The focus of the workshop will be consolidation and contracting practices of the poultry sector. The meeting will allow farmers, ranchers, consumer groups, processors, agribusiness and other interested parties to provide examples of potentially anticompetitive conduct and to discuss any concerns about the application of the antitrust laws to the agricultural sectors. The workshop will be transcribed and placed on the public record along with submissions and written comments.
Alabama is one of five states chosen for workshops sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Agricultural leaders from several surrounding states are expected to attend.