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

By Howard B. Owens

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)

Dave Olsen

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)

Mar 20, 2010, 8:40am Permalink

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