One of the larger disappointments of 2010, and there are many, is the hearing in Madison, Wisconsin on June 25,2010 http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/June/10-at-720.html
DOJ conducted an investigation in the southeast and has boxes, upon boxes of information on DFA. There are multiple antitrust lawsuits against DFA, mainly because USDA and DOJ have not done their job.
Yet the panels are stacked with DFA people.
Then there is Ed King on the board of Dairylea (district 12), a wholly owned part of DFA. http://www.dairylea.com/AboutUs/management.htm
Ed is a nominal "farmer", more a per diem farmer.
Then you have Denny Wolff, partner, Versant Strategies, and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture. http://www.versantstrategies.net/clients/ Altria, which used to be Philip Morris, owner of Kraft. Monsanto, which until recent sold Posilac. Wolff tried to work on Monsanto's behalf while Secretary in ramming through a labeling requirement on rbST. You can make an argument in favor of rbST but, it is only a microeconomic argument. In the big picture, rbST has not helped dairy farmers.
Of course what panel would be complete without Robert Yonkers, vice president and chief economist, International Dairy Foods Association.
The litmus test for these two huge government agencies, USDA and DOJ to follow would be, do those on the panels serve the public's interest. On this simple test USDA and DOJ have failed. The meeting will be a cheer leading session for the status quo.