USDA Meat Antitrust Watchdog Goes Out To Pasture

Law360, New York (January 19, 2012, 10:05 PM EST) -- The chief meat industry antitrust watchdog at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be resigning shortly after Congress gutted sweeping reforms that attempted to give additional protections to farmers and ranchers from increasing consolidation in the meat industry, according to Thursday media reports.

J. Dudley Butler will step down as head of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration next week, according to the Associated Press.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said antitrust enforcement at the USDA would remain strong despite Butler's exit, according to the...
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