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Vermont Attorney General And U.S. Justice Department Seek Comments Regarding Competition In Dairy Industry

CONTACT: Sarah London, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5479

December 14, 2009

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) would like to hear from farmers and anyone who has experience with potentially anti-competitive practices in the dairy industry. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office asks that anyone with concerns identify specific instances of potentially anti-competitive conduct and email comments to: dairy@atg.state.vt.us. Alternatively, comments may be mailed to: Office of the Attorney General, Antitrust Unit, 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609-1001. Comments may be submitted anonymously, but the Attorney General’s Office asks that individuals provide the reason for remaining anonymous in their comments. Comments will be publicly available upon request.

Additionally, DOJ and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be conducting joint public workshops across the country to discuss competition issues in the agriculture industry. A workshop devoted specifically to competition issues in the dairy industry will be held on June 7, 2010, in Madison, Wisconsin. DOJ is seeking written comments in advance of the workshops. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office encourages any Vermonter with concerns about anti-competitive practices in the dairy industry to also submit comments to the federal government.

DOJ has set a deadline of Dec. 31, 2009, for comments, though comments will likely be accepted through the month of January 2010. All comments received by DOJ will be publicly posted. Comments to DOJ may be submitted electronically, with “Comment” in the subject line, to: agriculturalworkshops@usdoj.gov. In addition, DOJ has asked that two paper copies be mailed to: Legal Policy Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 450 5th Street, NW Suite 11700, Washington, D.C. 20001.

For more information, please visit the Vermont Attorney General’s website at http://www.atg.state.vt.us/issues/antitrust.php, or the Department of Justice’s website at http://www.usdoj.gov/atr/events.htm.

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