By David Mitchell, special from The Packer

(Oct. 27, 1:44 p.m.) The Department of Justice is keeping a close eye on agriculture, searching for evidence of anti-competitive practices in the citrus, dairy, egg and tomato processing industries.

Attorney Michael Finio of Philadelphia-based Saul Ewing LLP said the department is scrutinizing the Capper-Volstead Act, the 1922 legislation that allows agricultural producers to form cooperatives and exempts them from most antitrust laws.

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