Author: Anne Ross

Senate Democrats Take Aim at Antitrust and Lack of Competition in Ag Markets

Family farm groups are applauding a new proposal by Senate Democrats to strengthen antitrust enforcement and make markets fairer and more competitive.

The Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act, sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), is designed to “reinvigorate America’s antitrust laws and restore competition to American markets,” according to a press release.

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GAO recommends EPA track use of pesticide information for farmworkers

Since 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has had a Worker Protection Standard (WPS) for agriculture that permits farmworkers to identify someone who can request a farm’s pesticide information for their benefit. In a new 34-page report to Congress, GAO addresses how the so-called “designated representative” provision is being used or misused. The  standard covers more than 2 million farmworkers at more than 600,000 farms, according to the EPA. The GAO report concluded farmworkers need information about pesticide exposure illnesses, faster diagnoses and better treatments.

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