Meat Packer Concentration and Market Power Timeline, By Brian Jorde
“You don’t have to be satisfied with America as you find it. You can change it.”
– Upton Sinclair
The full timeline presented by Domina Law at the ICON (Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska) annual meeting in North Platte, Nebraska, can be found here: Download Packer Concentration Timeline 10-29-10
Note: The cattlemen in the Pickett vs. Tyson/IBP case asked the Supreme Court to hear their appeal after the trial judge reversed the jury verdict. The court justices refused, preferring to hear the Anna Nicole Smith family fued case. This misguided decision ended any hope for justice while setting a very damaging legal precedent.
It is long past time for restoring fair markets — USDA should implement the GIPSA rules now and fully enforce the Packers and Stockyards Act.