AMES, Iowa - The National Farmers Organization pointed to growing opposition to a Tyson-IBP deal in the nation's farm sector, just as agricultural antitrust sentiment gains steam in the halls of Congress.

Several farm groups oppose the merger, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), expected to become chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, would use the power of the chair to bolster protection of family farmers and ranchers.

"I've got ways of strengthening (antitrust laws) and I hope to push legislation in the new Congress to strengthen them," Grassley said during a
news conference with Iowa farm broadcasters. "Farmers are going to have less competition for the marketing of their livestock and that's not good for the family farmer."