USDA Tom Vilsack took a livestock-industry probe to Colorado reently, as part of an inquiry that may lead to new rules governing how Tyson Foods Inc., Cargill Inc. and other processors operate.

Vilsack and Attorney General Eric Holder met farmers, meatpackers and feedlot owners in Fort Collins in the fourth of five sessions centered around monopolies in agriculture. The meeting followed a USDA proposal that would stop processors from selling livestock to each other and require them to justify their choice of one farmer supplier over another.

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For more information, read Editor Joe Roybal's piece, Speaker Snippets From The Fort Collins Rallies, as well as Senior Editor Burt Rutherford's take entitled, A Tale of Two World Views. Also, you can read Troy Marshall's pre-meeting article, "The Big Showdown," Of Sorts.