Daily Sound Bite: Potato Growers Accused of Antitrust

An association of Kansas-based grocery stores is suing the United Potato Growers of America (UPGA) claiming the group used unfair business practices to fix potato prices. But the UPGA is claiming it is shielded by Capper-Volstead, a 1922 act that exempts agriculture cooperatives from antitrust laws.

An association of Kansas-based grocery stores is suing the United Potato Growers of America (UPGA) claiming the group used unfair business practices to fix potato prices. But the UPGA is claiming it is shielded by Capper-Volstead, a 1922 act that exempts agriculture cooperatives from antitrust laws. UPGA's attorney, Randon Wilson, said,

"Right from the beginning, we did everything right, to qualify for Capper-Volstead. We know what you have to do to qualify for that limited exemption and we followed all those rules."

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