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Agriculture and Food

Agriculture and Food

Who We Are


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

      Antitrust Law 2018 Spring Meeting

      Marriott Marquis

      NOTE: Please visit our new Spring Meeting page, with complete information and up-to-date resources, at

      Prvacy and Security Quarterly Privacy Update


      PRIS is launching a quarterly privacy update series (to replace the prior monthly updates). The first update will be held on May 3, 2018 and will be sponsored by the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP (Aaron Burstein) from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Aaron will present with several firm associates. FREE ...

      Spring Training: New Developments Concerning the Business of Baseball Exemptions


      Since 1922, the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that the business of baseball does not constitute interstate commerce and is, therefore, exempt from federal antitrust scrutiny. While the Supreme Court has refused to extend the business of baseball exemption to other professional sports, the Court has ...

    Annual Plan, Long Range Plan



    Horvath, August
    Pizzirusso, James

    Council Representative:

    Grube, Brian


    Aaron, Anthony
    McInnis, Daniel
    Tisch, Ryan


    Patel, Puja

    Committee Roster  


    Here you can find an archive of this Committee's newsletters.

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    Modified by Julian-Robert Wiley on February 21, 2018

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