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Registration Open for December USDA-DOJ Agriculture Competition Workshop

Monday, November 15, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that registration is open for a public workshop on agricultural competition Dec. 8, 2010, at USDA’s Jefferson Auditorium in Washington, DC

The workshop is the final in a series of five held throughout the country this year.  The upcoming workshop will focus on margins at various levels of the agricultural supply chain. 

The workshop will begin with opening remarks from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division Christine Varney.  A series of panels will discuss topics such 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. 

Attendance is free and open to the public.  The general public and media interested may register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/marginsworkshop.  There will be two opportunities for public testimony from those attending the workshop.

For further information, visit the DOJ Antitrust Division agriculture workshop website at www.justice.gov/atr/public/workshops/ag2010/index.htm or contact agriculturalworkshops@usdoj.gov

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