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

    October 20, 2016
     
    Section Events

      The McCarran Act: An Update

      06/28/2017-06/28/2017

      The program will discuss the origins and purpose of the McCarran-Ferguson Act, its general impact on the insurance industry, and recent deliberations over its possible repeal or modification. FREE: Antitrust Section Members, Government, Non-profit Employees, Students. $25 Other Non-Members Explore ...

      A Twenty-Year NAD Retrospective: the Levine Legacy

      06/28/2017-06/28/2017

      Join us for a twenty year retrospective of the NAD's accomplishments during the tenure of retiring Director Andrea Levine, and a forward-looking discussion of what comes next. We will have two live panels: one focused on the past twenty years and the other focused on the next twenty. We will conclude ...

      FTC, FDA and Private Enforcement of Food Advertising

      06/28/2017-06/28/2017

      The FDA and FTC share jurisdiction over food advertising and labeling under a 2009 joint memorandum of understanding. Many advertising claims regarding food bridge the line between advertising and labeling that demarcates the primary territory of the two agencies, and private litigation-based enforcement ...


    Annual Plan, Long Range Plan


    Leadership

    Co-Chair:

    Horvath, August

    Chair:

    Howell, Vandy

    Council Representative:

    Grube, Brian

    Vice-Chairs:

    Aaron, Anthony
    McInnis, Daniel
    Pizzirusso, James

    Liaison:

    Fontecilla, Adrian

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