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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A cooperative that controls about 90 percent of the common table mushrooms grown in the eastern United States agreed Thursday to stop buying and shutting down farms in an attempt to limit supply and prop up prices, the Justice Department announced.


As part of the settlement, Eastern Mushroom Marketing Cooperative also agreed to take steps that would allow competitors to resume mushroom farming on six properties it bought, or optioned to lease, in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Georgia.


With 15 members representing the largest U.S. mushroom producers, the Kennett Square-based organization is the nation's largest mushroom cooperative, controlling more than 500 million pounds of mushrooms a year worth more than $400 million, the government said



AP Link not yet up. Eighty cents a pound at wholesale, that sounds high to me

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