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Livestock Production & Marketing



Resources and Updates


Food Farming & Sustainability (3rd edition)
Chapter VII Livestock Production & Marketing
Table of Contents

A. The Structure of the Livestock Industry


B. Introduction to Concentration and Competition


C. The Packers and Stockyards Act


1. An Overview of the Packers and Stockyards Act

2. Packers and Stockyards Act Statutory Update: The 2008 Farm Bill

3. Packers and Stockyards Act Statutory Update: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021


D. Unfair, Unjustly Discriminatory, or Deceptive Practices Under the Packers and Stockyards Act


1. Judicial Decisions

2. The History of Administrative Action at USDE

3. The Biden Administration “Fair and Competitive Markets” Regulatory Initiatives


E. Antitrust and Competition Law as Applied to the Meatpacking Industry

Additional Resources to Support Chapter VII

  • Some of the writings of noted antitrust and competition scholar, Peter Carstensen are available on his SSRN site. The following specifically addresses issues raised in Chapter VII:

Peter Carstensen, Pooling and Exchanging Competitively Sensitive Information Among Rivals: Absolutely Illegal Not Just Unreasonable, 92 U. Cin. L. Rev. 335 (2023).

General Legal Resources


2010 - present

Overview & Trends

2010 - present

Contract Farming
Packers & Stockyards Act

USDA Reorganization


On September 7, 2017, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the realignment of a number of offices within USDA. 

The Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) and several program areas from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) were merged into the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), losing status as a separate agency with the department.  See USDA AMS Reform.

Pending Antitrust Litigation
Animal Disease



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