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March 19, 2010 - 6:13pm

Dairy farmers being asked to weigh in on anti-trust issues at GCC meeting

posted by Howard B. Owens in business, agriculture, Dairy Farms.

Are New York's dairy farmers being harmed by possible monopolies in the milk-processing industry?

That's one of the questions the nation's top anti-trust cop will try to answer when she meets with a group of dairy owners at Genesee Community College at 11 a.m., March 27.

The meeting isn't a hearing, but Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney will be on hand to hear directly from farmers what complaints they might have regarding alleged price fixing.

New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton said the farm bureau has been working on getting farmers to the meeting, but he doesn't have a position on whether there are monopoly practices in the industry.

"I can't say yes or no to that question," Norton said. "There are some people who believe there are monopolies in the industry, but I don't know if there is any hard evidence to prove it. That's one thing I guess Varney wants to find out."

Sen. Charles Schumer helped arrange the meeting after learning that Varney has been working on anti-trust issues in other parts of the agriculture industry.

(via Watershed Post)

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Now, Howard if you were truly interested in fairness to our wonderful elected representatives, this headline would read "Sen Schumer arranges for Attorney General's office to meet with dairy farmers". I'm sure if Steve Hawley was involved we'd have seen that. (facetious, of course)
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Well, obviously, I forgot about my anti-Schumer bias and accidentally gave him credit for arranging it.
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Howard- why are you always giving kudos to Schumer? You are really developing a liberal slant. Sad that you can't be more objective.
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I can't believe that sat all night and no Democrat activist picked up on that.

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