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USDA and DOJ rent LSC facilities for large workshop

August 23, 2010

A joint U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Agriculture workshop being held in Fort Collins is among five workshops that are the first ever to be held to discuss competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry.

Campus visitors on Friday

Held at CSU's Lory Student Center, the workshops will address livestock issues including buyer power and enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act. The workshop is slated to run from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, and will take place in multiple rooms in the Lory Student Center.

The USDA and DOJ anticipate that the conference will be well attended with estimates of between 1,500 to 2,000 people at the Lory Student Center. Although participants will be asked to park at Hughes Stadium and take a shuttle to main campus, parking and traffic on campus may be congested. There also will be increased foot traffic on the Plaza, including participation in the free speech zone on the Plaza by special interest groups, and many more people than normal in the Lory Student Center, including people using food service businesses.

A number of state and federal dignitaries are expected to speak at the event, and security at the Lory Student Center and across campus also will be increased. Students and employees are being encouraged to consider carpooling or using alternate transportation to campus to help simplify their ability to park and travel across campus.

Parking along Meridian Avenue between Plum Street and University Avenue also will be closed from Thursday evening through Friday evening. This will impact about 25 parking spaces.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Justice are holding the series of workshops across the states to discuss important issues. Previous workshops have been held in other states focused on various topics, including crops, dairy and poultry and issues of general concern to farmers. The workshop in Fort Collins is the fourth in a series of five and is an opportunity for participants hear discussions about issues such as:

  • The concentration of a small number of firms found in the packing and feeding industry — which is thought to cause a lack of competition and tight control over supplies
  • Regulation by the Grain Inspectors, Packers and Stockyard Administration.

Promote dialogue

The USDA and DOJ say 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 real-world experience in the agricultural sector.

The workshops will:

  • Address the dynamics of competition in agriculture markets, including buyer power (monopsony) and vertical integration
  • Cover legal doctrines and jurisprudence, as well as current economic learning
  • Provide an opportunity for farmers, ranchers, consumer groups, processors, agribusiness, and other interested parties to provide examples of potentially anticompetitive conduct and to discuss any concerns about the application of the antitrust laws to the agricultural sectors

Participants asked to park at Hughes Stadium

Anyone wishing to attend the workshop should register at www.conferences.colostate.edu/LiveStockWorkshop. Because most parking on campus is reserved for employees and students, workshop participants will be asked to park at Hughes Stadium and take a shuttle to the Lory Student Center. For a map to Hughes Stadium visit csuramclub.colostate.edu/pages/parking_maps.asp.

The workshops will be transcribed and placed on the public record along with submissions and written comments received.


Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
E-mail: dellrae.moellenberg@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-6009