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Published April 21, 2010, 11:32 AM

States look to join agricultural antitrust fight

HELENA, Mont. — Montana is leading a 16-state effort to save small farmers and ranchers by urging the federal government to use antitrust weapons and enlist the states’ help to fight increasing consolidation in agriculture.

HELENA, Mont. — Montana is leading a 16-state effort to save small farmers and ranchers by urging the federal government to use antitrust weapons and enlist the states’ help to fight increasing consolidation in agriculture.

Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock says too much consolidation has resulted in unfair trade practices. Bullock and the other attorneys general are calling for a halt of any further consolidation or integration in the agricultural sector without a critical review that is coordinated with the states.

The states gave their recommendations to federal officials last week at the first in a series of workshops on competition in the industry.

Besides Montana, the attorneys general who signed the recommendations are from Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia.

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