More than a thousand people assembled in Fort Collins, Colorado (USA), for a United States Department of Agriculture-Department of Justice workshop to examine competition in the livestock industry. The workshop is the fourth in a series of competition workshops being held around the U.S.
AMI Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel Mark Dopp is slated to participate in an afternoon panel examining industry structure. Workshop attendees were given lottery tickets that would be used to select randomly speakers for the public testimony portion of the workshop.
Livestock producers attended in full force wearing buttons to convey their positions ranging from “Pull the rule” to “Yeah USDA.”
In his opening remarks, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, Producers were worried. They worry whether there was a future for them and their children in agriculture.
Dopp specifically expressed concerns about a new proposal from the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration (GIPSA) that will strongly discourage the use of alternative marketing agreements by exposing parties who enter into them to litigation, represents a plain-old end run around both the courts and Congress.
Source: AMI - American Meat Institute