WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department's chief enforcer of antitrust
laws will be in Minnesota next month to meet with producers about their
concerns with agribusiness mergers.
Joel Klein will be accompanied by Michael Dunn, the Agriculture
Department's undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs. Senate
Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., also may attend. The meeting will be
April 18, but no location has been set.
"This is going to give [Klein] an opportunity to hear first-hand the
concerns of . . . producers all over the Upper Midwest," said Andy
McDonald, a spokesman for Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn.
Klein's office is reviewing plans by Cargill Inc. of Minnetonka, the
nation's No. 1 grain company, to buy the worldwide operations of
second-ranked Continental Grain Co.
Livestock producers long have been complaining about declining competition
-- Associated Press
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