USDA and the Department of Justice hold poultry competition workshop


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.

Poultry industry

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


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  1. Perhaps like everything else they will discover the regulators have been in bed with the industries they are supposed to regulate. As the victim of the look the other way regulations, I have no faith this will be resolved. Look at the mess in the
    Gulf,the banking industry, the mining disasters and the industrial livestock operations in Ohio that go unregulated. Perhaps at some point we might get a regulatory process that really regulates. Right now we have the best government money can buy!Pull up the mercy for animals video and see if you think this is what farmers are now doing to the animals


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