More than a thousand people assembled in Fort Collins, CO recently for a USDA 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 country.

AMI Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel Mark Dopp participated 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, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “Producers are worried. They worry whether there is a future for them and their children in agriculture.” Vilsack went on to detail statistics about a shift away from the spot market.

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