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Holder: ‘We are committed to protecting competition very, very vigorously’
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who campaigned in Iowa on behalf of Barack Obama, says he has returned to the state “for another learning opportunity.”
“The people of this state have taught me that no matter how improbable the task, I learned that it can always get underway with a start in Iowa,” he said.
Noting that the meeting is unprecedented both for its scope, level of participation and joint hosting by the U.S. department of justice and agriculture, Holder says the workshops mark his agency’s new commitment to transparency and trust.
“We all know that one of the biggest threats to our economy is the erosion of market competition,” he said. “We’ve learned the hard way that long periods of non-regulation can lead to a lack of competition.”
Holder says that a number of American farmers are finding it difficult to survive doing what they have done for a number of decades.
“We are committed to protecting competition very, very vigorously,” he said.
“As we evaluate and develop policy, we want to hear from you.”
To date the agency has received more than 15,000 comments, he noted, since announcing the national workshop series in August 2009.
“Your participation here gives me great hope that we can accomplish great things in the weeks and months ahead,” he said.