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U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Ag will be here for workshop on dairy competition

Two U.S. cabinet secretaries and a number of other federal and state officials will be on campus on June 25 for a workshop on competition and regulatory issues in the dairy industry. The June 25 workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be held in the Union Theater.

This is the third in a series of five public workshops on the topic of competition and regulation in agriculture. The first focused on row crops and hogs, while the second workshop looked at issues in the poultry industry .

This is the first time the two agencies have held joint workshops on this topic. The goals of the workshops are to promote dialogue among interested parties and foster learning with respect to the appropriate legal and economic analyses of these issues, as well as to listen to and learn from parties with experience in the agriculture sector. Attendance at the workshops is free and open to the public. The general public and media interested in attending the Wisconsin workshop should register online here.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division Christine Varney will participate in a roundtable discussion to open the Wisconsin workshop. Senators Herb Kohl and Russell Feingold, Representatives Ron Kind, Steve Kagen and Tammy Baldwin, Governor Jim Doyle, and Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Rod Nilsestuen have tentatively accepted invitations to join this roundtable discussion. Invitations have been extended to Representatives Thomas Petri and David Obey. The remaining panels will feature farmers, processors, academics and other dairy industry stakeholders. Additional details on the schedule and panelists will follow.

Please visit the Antitrust Division’s events website, or contact agriculturalworkshops@usdoj.gov for more information.

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