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Agriculture and Food

Agriculture and Food


Who We Are


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Our Charter

The Agriculture and Food Committee focuses on antitrust policy, litigation, enforcement, legislation, and regulation in the agriculture and food sectors of the economy. Specifically, we focus on antitrust and consumer protection issues affecting crops, crop development, farming, livestock, food processing, groceries, and food labeling. We cover issues affected by the Sherman Act and Clayton Act, as well as the agriculture and food-specific Acts such as the Packers and Stockyards Act and Capper-Volstead Act. The Committee follows, reports on, and participates in antitrust developments in this vibrant antitrust field.

What We Do This is an exciting time for antitrust in the agriculture and food sectors. The Antitrust Division continues to focus significant efforts on the agriculture sector, recently releasing its report on its unprecedented series of workshops on competition in agriculture. In recent years the agriculture and food industries have spawned significant antitrust developments and policy debates on issues of potentially broad consequence, including: consummated and non-reportable merger challenged (George's Food - 2011); the role of price discrimination in merger analysis (Dean/Foremost - 2011); IP/antitrust overlap (Monsanto v. DuPont - 2010); and monopsony (JBS/National Beef - 2009).

The Federal Trade Commission continues to be active on the consumer protection front, especially in the area of food labeling. At the USDA, an effort to reform the Packers & Stockyards Act ultimately did not succeed, but the agency continues to work to revamp the Act and potentially make it easier for farmers to bring claims under the Act.

The Agriculture & Food Committee was formed in April 2010, to keep pace with the ongoing developments. The Committee follows, reports on, and participates in antitrust developments in the agriculture and food sectors. The Committee sponsors Spring Meeting panels and seminars on current topics, circulates important industry issues and news on its listserv and blog, publishes newsletters, and maintains useful resources on its webpage for all who wish to stay informed about antitrust issues and developments in the agriculture and food sectors.

We encourage and welcome your suggestions for projects, discussions or programs. Please follow us on our blog.

Please contact Vandy Howell if you have questions or would like to contribute to the Committee's activities.


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Committee Events

[Program Materials] Agriculture & Food Litigation Roundup: Updates and Perspectives on Active Antitrust Cases in the AG and Food Sectors

March 10, 2016
 
Section Events

    Consumer Protection Update

    07/12/2016-07/12/2016

    This telephonic update will summarize the significant developments in consumer protection law that occurred during June, 2016. The presentation will cover cases, settlements, and other initiatives at the federal and state levels, as well as consumer class actions, Lanham Act litigation, and National ...

    CFPB's Proposed Arbitration Ban -- What You Need To Know

    07/20/2016-07/20/2016

    The CFPB recently proposed rules prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts for consumer financial products and services. The rules are expected to take effect next year following a 90-day public comment period which ends on August 22, 2016. Proponents of the rules argue that arbitration ...

    Complying with FTC's Endorsement and Testimonial Guidelines

    07/26/2016-07/26/2016

    Complying with FTCs Endorsement and Testimonial Guidelines presents unique challenges for in-house counsel of advertisers. Live tweeting, native advertising and influencers campaigns may be just the tip of the iceberg . This program will address approaches to compliance with FTC law and best practices ...


Annual Plan, Long Range Plan


Leadership

Co-Chairs:

Horvath, August
Howell, Vandy

Council Representative:

Cernak, Steven

Vice-Chairs:

Aaron, Anthony
McInnis, Daniel
Pizzirusso, James

Liaison:

Fontecilla, Adrian

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Newsletters

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