NFU Calls on FTC to Oppose ChemChina Acquisition of Syngenta
Continuing a long tradition of advocating for competitive marketplaces for family farmers and ranchers, National Farmers Union (NFU) today urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to oppose the proposed China National Chemical Corp’s (ChemChina) acquisition of Syngenta AG.
In public comments to FTC Secretary Donald S. Clark, NFU President Roger Johnson asserted that the deal further consolidates the highly globalized agricultural inputs sector. This decreases competition amongst the few companies that dominate the marketplace, limiting choice and raising prices for family farmers.
“ChemChina’s proposed takeover of Syngenta would disrupt trade flows and accelerate the international consolidation of food and agribusiness industries,” said Johnson. “We urge you to stand up for family farmers and ranchers and oppose the merger.”
National Farmers Union encourages all state organizations and members to submit their own comments on the merger, using the verbiage from the NFU letter and talking points as they see fit.
All comments must be submitted to the Federal Trade Commission by next Thursday, May 4.
To assist in developing your own comment submission, download the following below:
- NFU’s comments to the Federal Trade Commission on the pending approval of ChemChina’s purchase of Syngenta
- ChemChina-Syngenta overview and talking points
- Federal Register Notice inviting comments on the merger
PAST ACTION ALERTS
Calling to Keep COOL
National Farmers Union, in partnership with a coalition of other groups, has organized a White House call in day. We’d like to flood the White House with as many calls as possible.
Please call President Obama at 888-793-4597 on Wednesday, May 6.
- Call the White House at 888-793-4597
- When you are connected, tell the person who answers:
- “Hi, my name is _______ and I’m from ______.
- I urge President Obama to stand up for my right to know where my food comes from by protecting country of origin labels.”
That’s it! The whole process should take no more than 60 seconds.
The White House tracks every call they get on an issue, so volume of calls matters.