The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Justice have announced the agenda for the fourth of five public workshops. This session on competition and regulation in the livestock sectors is slated for Aug. 27, 2010 at Ft. Collins, CO.

The workshop will be held in the main ballroom of the Lory Student Center, Colorado State University and is free and open to the public. To register, go to www.conferences.colostate.edu/LiveStockWorkshop.

The session will include several panels and three hours dedicated to public testimony. Although focused on the cattle industry, presentations will also be made by Clear Lake, IA, pork producer Chris Petersen and Mark Greenwood, vice president, commercial lending, AgStar Financial Services. Greenwood will speak during a panel to discuss trends in the livestock industry, contracting, price transparency and the effects of concentration.

Market structure issues in the livestock industry will also be discussed.

The National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen’s Association will host a press briefing to USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) regulation on Aug. 26 at The Hilton in Ft. Collins, CO. Beef and pork producers will discuss how the rule will affect their ability to sell animals and run their operations.