National Farmers Union Opposes Mandatory Arbitration
From the National Farmers Union:
NFU President Testifies Against Market Concentration before House Committee
April 17, 2007
WASHINGTON (April 17, 2007) – National Farmers Union President Tom Buis testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry today on the negative effects of increased concentration and lack of competition in the agricultural marketplace and the need for Congress to take action in the next farm bill through a competition title.
Buis called on Congress to immediately take necessary action to restore true competition in the marketplace for American farmers and ranchers. “Independent producers cannot be successful in the absence of protection from unfair and anti-competitive practices,” he said.
Buis outlined the provisions NFU would like to see included as part of a comprehensive competition title in the 2007 Farm Bill:
• Immediate implementation of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat, produce and peanuts.
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• Enhance contract producer protections by allowing producers adequate time to review contracts, prohibit mandatory arbitration, protect producers based upon membership in an organization or cooperative and prohibit confidentiality clauses. (link)