Briefing Invite: Concentration in the Agriculture Business and the Monsanto-Bayer Merger
When: Tuesday, November 14, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Where: Zenger Room, National Press Club (529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045)

Sponsored by:

Consumer Federation of America* Farm Aid * Friends of the Earth * National Family Farm Coalition * National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association* Open Markets Institute* Organization for Competitive Markets * Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America * SumOfUs *


Bill Bullard, chief executive officer of the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America. He is a former cow/calf rancher in South Dakota, served as the executive director of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and has testified before Congress and executive branch agencies.

Ben Burkett, is a fourth generation farmer from Mississippi, director of the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives and president of the National Family Farm Coalition. He is a recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award.

Mark Cooper, Ph. D., Senior Fellow at Consumer Federation of America. Dr. Cooper is a Senior Fellow for Economic Analysis at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School. He is the author of six books (most recently The Political Economy of Electricity (Praeger, 2017) and numerous articles in scholarly journals (e.g. “Antitrust and Economic Regulation” Harvard Law & Policy Review Volume 9-2, 2015), and research reports (e.g. ” A communications oligopoly on steroid,” Center for Equitable Growth, 2017). He has provided expert testimony in over 350 cases for public interest clients including Attorneys General.

Leah Douglas, reporter and policy analyst at Open Markets Institute, where she researches power consolidation and monopolization in the food and agriculture industry.

Joe Maxwell, executive director of the Organization for Competitive Markets. He grew up on a family farm in Missouri and served the state as a state representative, state senator, and Lt. Governor. As a legislator, he passed many bills that supported value-added agriculture projects and programs for family farmers and their traditional animal husbandry practices while working against large-scale, multi-national industrialized farms. He and his brother Steve raise humanely certified pigs under the Global Animal Partnership 5-step program.

Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth. He is a nationally recognized environmental leader, and an economics expert on energy subsidies. For more than a decade, Erich has worked to reform U.S. tax and budget policy to reduce pollution and increase clean energy.


Breakfast will be provided.

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