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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

      Antitrust Law 2017 Spring Meeting

      03/28/2017-03/31/2017
      Marriott Marquis
      Washington

      Hotel Reservations (ABA Rate): Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Early Registration Rate: Sunday, February 5, 2017 Online Registration: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10:00 (CST) Welcome, Please join your friends and colleagues from over 60 countries in Washington, ...

      Merger Control and Innovation

      04/25/2017-04/25/2017

      Antitrust agencies are now alive to innovation's role in merger analysis. Its significance can only increase, keeping pace with the digital age. Given its recognition as a key competitive parameter and ability to impact merger outcomes, this discussion will explore the changing tide and future trends ...

      Consumer Privacy & Data Security Developments

      04/26/2017-04/26/2017

      This hour-long session provides privacy law practitioners with timely and relevant updates on consumer privacy and data security activities covering regulation, legislation, and litigation in both the United States and international. FREE: Antitrust Section Members, Government, Non-profit Employees, ...


    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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