USDA May Strengthen Meat Antitrust Regulations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been working with the U.S. Justice Department this spring to analyze whether the nation's largest meatpackers are unfairly driving down cattle prices, and some industry observers believe that the agency may soon release a stricter set of antitrust rules governing how cattle can be bought and sold. The 2008/2009 Farm Bill required a review of the current

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been working with the U.S. Justice Department this spring to analyze whether the nation's largest meatpackers are unfairly driving down cattle prices, and some industry observers believe that the agency may soon release a stricter set of antitrust rules governing how cattle can be bought and sold. The 2008/2009 Farm Bill required a review of the current rules, and required new regulations to be in place by this summer.

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