On May 16, the Antitrust Division issued a report, "Competition and Agriculture: Voices from the Workshops on Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement in our 21st Century Economy and Thoughts on the Way Forward," on what the agency learned from the series of public workshops it cosponsored with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2010. The report includes an analysis of the concerns raised in the workshops and details discussion points relating to anticompetitive mergers, high market concentration, monopsony power, price levels, lack of capital, contracting, market transparency and captive supply, market manipulation and genetically modified seeds.
On May 24, the European Commission Network (composed of the European Commission and the member state national competition authorities) issued a report on antitrust enforcement in the food sector across Europe. According to the report, European competition authorities have investigated all levels of the supply chain, in particular focusing on processing and manufacturing.
The two reports make clear that the agriculture and food sectors are a high priority for competition authorities on both sides of the Atlantic.