The nation's fifth largest poultry processor has agreed to stop penalizing chicken farmers who exit their contracts to work for other companies, in a proposed consent decree with the Justice Department.
The Agriculture Department is partnering with 31 state attorneys general to look more closely into anticompetitive practices in the food and agriculture sectors as part of a broader White House initiative to promote marketplace competition.
A federal judge has sentenced two farm labor contractors to time in prison and another to eight months of home detention for their roles in a federal racketeering conspiracy that victimized more than a dozen Mexican H-2A workers.
The Justice Department and multiple state attorneys general are engaged in an ongoing investigation into potential price fixing by the nation’s four largest beef processors, according to previously unreleased documents acquired by Agri-Pulse.
Three poultry companies have agreed to pay $84.8 million to compensate processing plant workers under agreements with the Justice Department that would allow a major acquisition to go forward and could spell trouble for the industry’s “tournament system” of paying growers.
The Biden administration’s plans to invest more than $1 billion in the meat sector rolled out on Monday can be expected to invest in several different types of facilities and include provisions to keep subsidized facilities from falling into the hands of major meatpackers.