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US: Potato growers fight for 1922 exemption law

 |  February 25, 2013

The United Potato Growers of America is in the midst of litigation concerning a 2005 effort to collaborate with farmers to scale back production with the intention of raising prices. The project was justified under the Capper-Volstead Act of 1922, which offers some antitrust exemptions to farmer cooperatives. According to reports, UPGA CEO Jerry Wright was let-go in 2009 but re-hired in 2012 as potato prices began to fall again. But in 2011 a district judge in Idaho ruled that the farmers were not exempt from antitrust law; Wright says that while litigation could last about three years, he is confident the 2011 ruling will be reversed.


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