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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 9 July 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Briefing:  Concentration and Competition in Agriculture
*  Working Lands Stewardship Act
*  Briefing:  Contaminated Sediments
*  New Legislative Director at Senate Coalition


BRIEFING:  CONCENTRATION AND COMPETITION IN AGRICULTURE
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     The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions are sponsoring a briefing on
Monday, July 9, to examine the state of competition in agriculture,
the growth of contract arrangements, and the effects of concentration
in the marketplace and contract agriculture on independent producers.

     The trend toward concentration and vertical integration in
agriculture has moved competition policy to the top of the list of
concerns for many producers and agricultural communities.  As
agribusiness firms consolidate, producers find themselves with a
dwindling list of options for marketing their products.  This lack of
competition and growing corporate control of the marketplace is of
great concern to producers and consumers alike.

     Scheduled speakers include Bill Christison, a fourth-generation
family farmer from Chillicothe, Missouri and president of the National
Family Farm Coalition; Steve Etka, Legislative Coordinator for the
Campaign for Contract Agriculture Reform; and Michael Stumo, General
Counsel for the Organization for Competitive Markets.  The briefing
will be take place on Monday, July 9, from 10:00 am - 11:15 am, in
room HC-6 of the Capitol Building.

     CONTACT:  Allen Hance at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (464-
4015).


WORKING LANDS STEWARDSHIP ACT
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     House Coalition members Ron Kind (D-WI) and Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD)
introduced the Working Lands Stewardship Act (H.R. 2375), on June 28,
with the broad bipartisan support of 56 members.  This legislation
seeks to improve our nation's farm policy through expansion of
existing USDA conservation programs that improve water quality,
preserve open space, and protect wildlife habitat.  This bill also
creates new programs that assist in rural and market development.

     To co-sponsor this legislation or if you have any questions,
please contact Brad Pfaff or Laura Cimo in Rep. Kind's office at 225-
5506.


BRIEFING:  CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS
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     The Great Lakes Task Force is sponsoring a briefing for
congressional staff on Monday, July 23, on the health and
environmental risks associated with contaminated sediments in the
Great Lakes and their tributaries.

     Speakers include representatives of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, the International Joint Commission, and other
organizations.  Staff from the office of Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) will
discuss The Great Lakes Legacy Act and how the legislation addresses
the obstacles facing contaminated sediment cleanup.  The briefing will
begin at 11:00 am on Monday, July 23 (room to be announced).

     CONTACT:  Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).


NEW LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR AT SENATE COALITION
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     Kristen Sarri today joins the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
as legislative director.  Ms. Sarri has been working as a legislative
fellow in the office of Senator Carl Levin, concentrating on smart
growth and economic development issues.  Previously, she worked as a
community development specialist advancing brownfields programs for
the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Ms. Sarri will be
working in the office of Senate Coalition co-chair Jack Reed.