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Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement Issues in Our 21st Century Economy

August 27, 2010 - Fort Collins, Colorado

Livestock Industry
This workshop will address beef, hog and other animal sectors. Likely issues for discussion are concentration in livestock markets, buyer power and enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act.

Colorado State University
Lory Student Center, Main Ballroom
1101 Centre Avenue Mall
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

Updated: November 4, 2010


Agenda

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8:30 a.m. MDT

Opening Remarks
(79:22-minute video)

Eric Holder, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

   
8:45 a.m.

Keynote Roundtable Discussion
(79:22-minute video)

Eric Holder, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Betsy Markey, Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives
Bill Ritter, Jr., Governor, state of Colorado
John Suthers, Attorney General, state of Colorado
Steve Bullock, Attorney General, state of Montana
John Stulp, Commissioner of Agriculture, state of Colorado

   
9:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

   
10:15 a.m.

Producer/Feeder Presentation of Issues
(87:17-minute video)

This panel will be an opportunity to hear first-hand from producers or feeders as they share their experiences and perspectives on the industry.

Moderators:
Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Panelists:
Mike Harper, sheep producer, Eaton, Colorado
Dr. Taylor Haynes, rancher, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Robbie LeValley, rancher, Hotchkiss, Colorado
Harry Livermont, rancher, Interior, South Dakota
Chris Petersen, hog farmer, Clear Lake, Iowa
Allen Sents, feedlot owner, Marquette, Kansas
Alden Zuhlke, rancher, Brunswick, Nebraska

   
11:45 a.m.

Lunch

   
12:30 p.m.

Public Testimony I
(67:07-minute video)

   
1:30 p.m.

Panel I – Trends in the Livestock Industry
(67:07-minute video)

This panel will discuss trends in the livestock industry, including issues associated with contracting, price transparency and the effects of concentration.

Moderator:
Philip Weiser, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Panelists:
Jerry Bohn, general manager, Pratt Feeders, Pratt, Kansas
Libby Cook, co-founder, Wild Oats Markets and Sunflower Farmers Markets
Mark Greenwood, vice president, commercial lending, AgStar Financial Services
Bill Heffernan, professor emeritus of rural sociology, University of Missouri
Mark Lauritsen, international vice president, director food processing, packing and manufacturing division, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
Gilles Stockton, rancher, Range, Montana
Armando Valdez, rancher, La Jara, Colorado
Clem Ward, professor and extension economist, Oklahoma State University

   
2:45 p.m.

Panel II – Market Structure
(66:55-minute video)

This panel will include a variety of market participants who will discuss market structure issues in the livestock industry.

Moderator:
James MacDonald, Chief, Agricultural Structure and Productivity Branch, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Panelists:
Bruce Cobb, general manager, Consolidated Beef Producers
David Domina, attorney, Domina Law Group
Mark Dopp, attorney, American Meat Institute
James Herring, president and chief executive officer, Friona Industries
Robert Mack, cattle producer/feeder, Watertown, South Dakota
Bob Miller, rancher, Okmulgee, Oklahoma
William Rishel, Richel Angus, Platt, Nebraska.
Charlie Rogers, owner/general manager, Clovis Livestock Auction

   
4:00 p.m.

Break

   
4:15 p.m.

Public Testimony II
(114:17-minute video)

   
6:30 p.m.

Concluding Remarks
(2:02-minute video)

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