Source: USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Justice last week held the fifth of five joint public workshops to explore the appropriate role for antitrust and regulatory enforcement in American agriculture. The workshop, led by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, examined margins at various levels of the agricultural supply chain. The workshop also included opportunities for public comments.

"Today's open and transparent dialogue with farmers, ranchers, industry and academics is resulting in a clearer understanding of the complex competitive issues facing American agriculture," said Secretary Vilsack. "A fair and competitive marketplace is important not only for producers, but also for consumers." 

Original news release
 
Read Vilsack's remarks
 
View the response from the Center for Rural Affairs
 
Farm Policy Blog response