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USDA will conduct ag workshop in Fort Collins in ’10

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WASHINGTON – Fort Collins will be the site of one of several workshops set next year by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The workshops will explore competition and regulatory issues in agriculture. They were announced earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. announced today the dates and locations of joint public workshops that will explore competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry.

The Fort Collins meeting, which will focus on beef, hog and other animal sectors – and may included enforcement of the Packers Stockyards Act and concentration of those sectors – will be Aug. 26 at Colorado State University.

Other meetings, starting in March, will be in Alabama, Iowa, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

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.

Additional updates and information, including agendas and speakers, will be posted at http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/events.htm.