WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Justice held the second of five joint public workshops on competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry May 21.
The workshop, led by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, focused on issues in the poultry industry, and featured panel discussions on poultry grower issues and trends in poultry production. And, it also included opportunities for public comments.
“All players in the poultry industry deserve an honest chance at success, and that requires a fair, viable, and competitive marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Today’s conversation helped bring a better understanding of the issues impacting growers on a daily basis and provided an opportunity to openly discuss some of the ideas that have been raised to address these concerns.”
Attorney General Holder one thing that already is clear is that competition is crucial to ensuring opportunity and fairness in our agricultural markets. The Department of Justice is committed to working jointly with the Department of Agriculture in protecting competition in those markets.
The meeting was the second in a series of workshops that will be held over the next several months. These workshops are the first-ever to be held by the Department of Justice and USDA to discuss competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry.
Additional information about the workshops can be found at www.justice.gov/atr/public/workshops/ag2010/index.htm#overview.