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Agriculture and Food

Agriculture and Food

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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

      Invitations to Collude: A Brown Bag Panel


      Corporations and their executives are typically aware of the serious legal risks involved in price fixing, bid rigging, market allocation, and other cartel activity; such conduct is prosecuted criminally by the DOJ. However, the FTC has also investigated unilateral invitations to collude, and in several ...

      Airlines and Antitrust: Fundamentals and Networking Event


      While the general antitrust laws apply to airlines, the extra layer of regulation surrounding airlines creates a complex antitrust landscape. Please join us in-person for a discussion of the regulatory bodies involved in airline competition issues, alliances and antitrust immunity, and other quirks of ...

      The State of Cross-Border Criminal and Cartel Enforcement: Enforcement Trends in the U.S. and Canada


      Criminal cartel enforcement is in a state of transition in the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. Department of Justice has recently revised and updated its FAQs for the Antitrust Divisions Leniency Program, and the Competition Bureau is in the process of reviewing and revising its Immunity and Leniency Programs ...

    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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