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Flying the Co-op

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The Capper-Volstead Act of 1922, known to famers as the Magna Carta of cooperatives, authorizes farmers to collectively process and distribute their own crops and products, including everything from cottonseed to beef. It also protects co-ops such as the Dairy Farmers of America from antitrust investigations by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission. Instead, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is given primary authority to examine and handle any potentially monopolistic activity spearheaded by the co-op.

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