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AMI, Agribusinesses, Producer Groups Oppose Competition Title in Farm Bill

Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Nearly 50 agribusinesses, producer and processor groups sent letters to the Senate Agriculture Committee today urging senators to oppose a competition title in the farm bill. The committee is expected to mark up a proposed competition title early next week.

In an unprecedented, unified approach, the groups expressed confidence in existing laws' ability to ensure fair competition in agriculture and cautioned against the economic harm the proposed competition title could bring to agriculture communities.

"Saddling our businesses with the cumbersome and unnecessary rules contained in this competition title could cause a flight of capital investment away from U.S. agriculture, hurting rural America and its workers at a time when the Senate Agriculture Committee is wrestling with strategies to strengthen these communities," the letter from agribusinesses and processors stated.

Producer groups said, "Statutory and regulatory burdens that focus on agriculture - ignoring the broader economy - inhibit the ability of agribusiness to attract the necessary capital to stay competitive and provide innovative risk management solutions."

To view the letters, click on http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=IndustryStructure&NavMenuID=227&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=438 and

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