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Mar 12, 2010

Vilsak: Monsanto Anti-Trust Meeting Is "About Decline of Rural America"

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (left) 
and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, 
DOJ/USDA hearing in Ankeny, IA.
Photo : Caleb Weaver, Press Secretary, USDA, 03/10
The Des Moines Register reports today that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack believes that the workshop organized by the U.S. Department of Justice to review whether Monsanto is in violation of anti-trust laws is "about the decline of rural America."

In Vilsak's opinion, "long periods of reckless deregulation have restricted competition and harmed farmers... It’s harder for farmers to stay in business.”

The meeting was held at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny, Iowa.  It is the first of a total of five hearings that will be held over the course of this year.  An estimated 500 people attended.  They included farmers and ranchers, union members, academics, representatives of both small and large businesses, lawmakers and federal officials.

According to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, "one of the purposes of the session in Ankeny, and three other workshops being held throughout this year will be to help us be better antitrust lawyers.”

For more see:

Pillar, Dan. “Vilsak: Today’s Iowa A. Workshops ‘About Decline of Rural America’.” Des Moines Register, 12 March 2010.


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