The U.S. Department of Justice is going to hold a “workshop” in Wisconsin concerning antitrust issues with the dairy industry.
U.S. Senator Herb Kohl made the announcement after Kohl and other legislators pushed the Justice Department and the USDA to look into antitrust enforcement, but mostly the consolidation of milk processors and noncompetitive practices.
The less competition, the less money farmers are getting for their products.
“Dairy farmers across the nation are facing acute economic pain,” Kohl said in a press release. “They are being battered by a perfect storm of high input costs and historically low dairy prices. They’ve lost more than $4 billion in equity. Their stories are compelling and painful and we have to find a better system.”
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