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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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Committee Events

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

October 20, 2016
Section Events

    Ask Me Anything About ... Cartel Investigations in the EU


    This is the fifth installment of the Ask Me Anything About series, which solicits questions in advance from Antitrust Section members regarding the particular cartel topic at issue and selects the best of those questions and poses them to a widely-recognized practitioner in the field during a 1-hour ...

    Emory University Why Antitrust/Why Consumer Protection?


    Panel discussion at Emory University Law School to share insights with law students on pursuing antitrust law or consumer protection law as a possible career. Discussion will include ways in which the Section of Antitrust Law can serve as a valuable resource for law students. In-Person Event: Emory ...

    Women and Personal Branding


    This will be an evening of lively discussion and networking. Join us for hors d'oeuvres and drinks at the reception. We will break for a panel of distinguished female attorneys in both the government and private sectors, in various stages of their careers and personal lives, discussing how they stood ...

Annual Plan, Long Range Plan



Horvath, August
Howell, Vandy

Council Representative:

Grube, Brian


Aaron, Anthony
McInnis, Daniel
Pizzirusso, James


Fontecilla, Adrian

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