| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010
TDD (202) 514-1888
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND USDA ANNOUNCE
Workshop to be Held at Alabama A&M University in Normal
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today additional details regarding the public workshop that will be held on May 21 at Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala., to explore competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry. The focus of the workshop will be consolidation and contracting practices of the poultry sector. The first joint public workshop was held last month in Ankeny, Iowa.
The workshops, which were first announced by Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Aug. 5, 2009, are 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 are 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 experience in the agriculture sector. Attendance at the workshops is free and open to the public. The general public and media interested in attending the Alabama workshop should register at www.aamu.edu/saes/FAS/DOJ_USDA/.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Antitrust Division Christine Varney will participate in the Alabama workshop.
Additionally, USDA and the Department of Justice are adjusting two previously announced dates for the Madison, Wis., and Fort Collins, Colo., workshops. The current schedule for the workshops is as follows:
May 21, 2010: Poultry Industry (Normal, Ala.)
June 25, 2010: Dairy Industry (Madison, Wis.)
Aug. 27, 2010: Livestock Industry (Fort Collins, Colo.)
Dec. 8, 2010: Margins (Washington, D.C.)
Additional details on the upcoming workshops will be provided at a later date.