Friday, May 14, 2010

USDA Department of Justice Workshop

Alabama A&M University will host the next USDA/DOJ workshop May 21, 2010, in Normal, Ala., at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center at Alabama A & M University. The workshop, the second of five, will focus on the poultry industry.

This U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) joint public workshop will explore competition issues affecting the poultry industry and the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement.

Overview of the Workshop
This workshop is the second in a series of joint Department of Justice/USDA workshops being held to discuss competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry. The goals of the workshops 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 real-world experience in the agricultural sector.

The workshop will address the dynamics of competition in poultry. It will examine legal doctrines and jurisprudence, as well as current economic learning, and will provide an opportunity for 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.

I won't be able to attend, but I'd sure like to know someone who does. Anyone out there who will be in Alabama who can report on this?

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