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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 Programs sponsored by the Agriculture and Food Committee.
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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

    Antitrust Masters Course VIII

    09/28/2016-10/01/2016
    Colonial Williamsburg Lodge
    Williamsburg

    Hotel Cut-Off: Friday, September 2, 2016 Early Bird Registration: Friday, September 9, 2016 Cancellations: Friday, September 16, 2016 Online Registration: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Every two years, the ABA Section of Antitrust Law puts on ...

    EU Privacy Developments: Privacy Shield, GDPR, and Brexit

    10/05/2016-10/05/2016

    The PRIS Committee will host a webinar on the latest privacy developments in the EU. Featured speakers will cover the implementation of the GDPR, Privacy Shield, and the effect that the British vote to leave the EU (Brexit) will have on Great Britains compliance with European privacy schemes. For this ...

    Pricing Conduct Committee Town Hall

    10/06/2016-10/06/2016

    Learn what the Pricing Conduct Committee is up to and how you can get more involved. This brief program will introduce you to the Pricing Conduct Committee leadership and what we are working onfrom the Price Point newsletter, our Price Tags posted on Connect, committee programs, a publication that is ...


Annual Plan, Long Range Plan


Leadership

Co-Chairs:

Horvath, August
Howell, Vandy

Council Representative:

Grube, Brian

Vice-Chairs:

Aaron, Anthony
McInnis, Daniel
Pizzirusso, James

Liaison:

Fontecilla, Adrian

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Newsletters

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