The joint Department of Justice and USDA workshops designed for discussion on competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry will continue Dec. 8 in the Jefferson Auditorium at USDA in Washington, D.C. This next workshop will examine the issue of margins at various levels of the agricultural supply chain.
After opening remarks from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Christine Varney, the workshop will move to a series of panel discussions. Discussion will include such topics as supply chain dynamics, issues in food retailing and margins in the beef, pork, poultry and dairy industries. Each panel will feature producers and industry representatives as well as academics with extensive research experience in the relevant field.
There will be two opportunities for public testimony from those attending the workshop. Attendance at the workshops is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/marginsworkshop.