U.S. antitrust experts will be investigating the control factors involving how livestock markets operate, concentration in the seed industry and transparency in the agricultural markets, according to Reuters.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Phillip Wiser detailed areas that the federal government's justice and agriculture departments plan to review in a series of public workshops beginning in early 2010.

Among the topics the workshops will attempt to address is buyer power, the impact of vertical integration on ag production and related topics like assuring markets operate openly.

Weiser pointed to the 1921 Packers and Stockyards Act intended to assure fair prices and
competition in livestock sales as "an important area to review". He added that the U.S. Justice Department is already looking at that closely.

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Source: Reuters