OMAHA, Neb. — In a statement with implications for the 2012 presidential race, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in Omaha, Neb., on March 5 that the Obama administration remains committed to a stronger rewrite of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration rule and to the country-of-origin food labeling (COOL) program that has been challenged by the Canadian and Mexican governments at the World Trade Organization.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will continue to advise the Agriculture Department on the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s rewrite of the rule governing the Packers and Stockyards Act, outgoing Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney said July 12.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Attorney General Eric Holder got an earful from each side over proposed changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act when they held an Aug. 27 workshop in Fort Collins, Colo., on antitrust issues in the meat industry, but by the end of the day it was not clear where the Obama administration is headed in its large-scale investigation into antitrust in agriculture.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Meatpackers, feeders and hundreds of ranchers from around the country packed a workshop Friday to voice concerns about a proposed federal rule that aims to preserve competition in an industry increasingly dominated by a handful of corporate giants.
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.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal regulators are set to release the most sweeping antitrust rules covering the meat industry in decades, potentially altering the balance of power between meat companies and the farmers who raise their animals.
Brazilian beef producer JBS S.A., the world's largest beef packer, and National Beef Packing Co. said today in a joint statement that they are dropping the deal.
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