DOJ Targets Antitrust Issues in Agriculture

DOJ Targets Antitrust Issues in Agriculture

Russell Nemetz
Russell Nemetz
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a significant expansion of its efforts to address anticompetitive practices in the agricultural sector. This initiative includes increased staffing for the Antitrust Division, specifically dedicated to civil and criminal enforcement within agriculture.

The announcement was made by Michael Kades, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Antitrust Division, at R-CALF USA's 2024 National Convention.

A key aspect of this initiative is the expansion of the DOJ's Chicago office. This team will be the first of its kind in the Midwest and will focus on enforcing antitrust laws related to agriculture.

The DOJ's decision comes amidst concerns about the concentration of power within the agricultural industry.

Large agribusinesses may potentially influence market prices and limit opportunities for smaller farmers and ranchers. This expanded enforcement aims to ensure fair competition throughout agricultural supply chains.

The National Farmers Union (NFU) expressed strong support for the DOJ's initiative. The NFU's Farmers for Fairness campaign highlights concerns about anticompetitive practices in agriculture.

Increased enforcement efforts by the DOJ are expected to create a more balanced and fair marketplace for all agricultural producers.

Source: DOJ

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