Senator Tina Smith is urging the Department of Justice to examine whether the four largest beef processing companies in the U.S.  are violating antitrust laws and principles of fair competition something she says is impacting Minnesota producers:

“So what happens then is when Minnesota cattle producers go to market they are getting squeezed. Farmers are making pennies on the dollar and of course, consumers end up paying the price too.”

These companies control over 80% of the processing market in today’s economy and operate 18 of the top 20 beef slaughter facilities in the country.