Capper-Volstead Act

What’s the Background?

Prior to Congress passing the 1922 Capper-Volstead Act, farmers were prosecuted under antitrust laws for acting together to market their products.

The act authorized various agricultural producers to form voluntary cooperative associations for producing, handling and marketing products. The law also gave the Secretary of Agriculture power to prevent associations from gaining and maintaining monopolies.

Why Does it Matter to Our Producers?

The Capper-Volstead Act allows farmers to lawfully unite or network to collectively market their products.

What is NPPC’s Position?

NPPC protects pork producers’ legal right to act as cooperatives or networks under the Capper-Volstead Act, which is key to the future of independent pork producers.

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