In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held five joint public workshops to explore competition issues affecting the agricultural sector in the 21st century and the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement in that industry.
This page provides information on:
- Overview of the Workshops
- Dates, Locations, and Topics
- Federal Register Notice
- Public Comments
- Submitting Comments
For more information, contact Mark B. Tobey, Special Counsel for State Relations and Agriculture (email@example.com or 202-532-4763).
These were the first joint Department of Justice/USDA workshops ever to be held to discuss competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry. The goals of the workshops were to promote dialogue among interested parties and foster learning with respect to the appropriate legal and economic analyses of these issues as well as to listen to and learn from parties with real-world experience in the agricultural sector.
The workshops addressed the dynamics of competition in agriculture markets, including buyer power (monopsony) and vertical integration. They examined legal doctrines and jurisprudence, as well as current economic learning, and provided an opportunity for farmers, ranchers, consumer groups, processors, agribusiness, and other interested parties to provide examples of potentially anticompetitive conduct and to discuss any concerns about the application of the antitrust laws to the agricultural sectors. The workshops were transcribed and placed on the public record along with submissions and written comments received.
|March 12, 2010||
FFA Enrichment Center
|May 21, 2010||
Alabama A&M University
|June 25, 2010||
University of Wisconsin
|August 27, 2010||
Fort Collins, Colorado
Colorado State University
|December 8, 2010||
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Antitrust Division and the Department of Agriculture issued a call for public comments when they announced their plan to hold a number of workshops on competition issues in agriculture. Over 15,000 comments from farmers, consumers, academics, elected officials, and industry organizations were submitted.
- Master index of all comments (Listed by AGW number)
- Alphabetical list of individuals or entities who submitted comments
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The deadline for submitting public comments was December 31, 2009.
The Department of Justice and the Department of Agriculture continue to welcome comments from the public throughout these workshops. Comments received after the deadline may not be posted online, but will be considered by DOJ and USDA as part of the ongoing dialogue. Any interested person may submit written comments responsive to any of the topics addressed in the Federal Register Notice and the workshops.
Written comments submitted after the deadline should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Comment” in the subject line. Electronic submissions must include the original source file (Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.). Submissions in PDF only format will not be accepted.
Note: The size of an e-mail to the Antitrust Division, including all attachments, cannot exceed 10 MB. Accordingly, electronic documents that are voluminous should be submitted to the Antitrust Division using appropriate media (such as CD) to:
Legal Policy Section
U.S. Department of Justice
450 5th Street, NW, Suite 11700
Washington, DC 20001
Privacy and confidentiality: Written submissions and the identity of the submitter may be disclosed, reproduced, and distributed by publication and/or posting on the Department of Justice Web site, at the discretion of the Department of Justice. Information that is submitted in connection with this workshop cannot be maintained as confidential by the Department of Justice. Written submissions should not include any information that the submitting person seeks to preserve as confidential.
Contact for submissions: For more information on making submissions, contact the Antitrust Division by e-mail at email@example.com.