National Press Club

Concentration in the Agriculture Business and the Monsanto-Bayer Merger

Concentration in the Agriculture Business and the Monsanto-Bayer Merger

November 14, 2017 9:00 AM

Location: Zenger Room

Description: This event will discuss agriculture consolidation with a focus on the proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger. Panelists will present new analysis regarding impacts from the merger on consumers, farmers and competition in the face of record-low prices and struggles in rural America.


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 and served as Executive Director of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.

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 and a Senior Fellow for Economic Analysis at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School. He is author of six books (most recently The Political Economy of Electricity), numerous scholarly journal articles and research reports.

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

Joe Maxwell, Executive Director at Organization for Competitive Markets. He hails from a family farm in Missouri. He was a Missouri state representative, state senator, and Lt. Governor.

Erich Pica, President at Friends of the Earth and a nationally recognized environmental leader.

Sponsors: 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

Breakfast provided. RSVP’s required. RSVP here. For more information, call (202) 222-0715.