Farm Group Urges a No Vote on SB 374

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 19, 2018 Farm Group Urges a No Vote on SB 374 RICHMOND, VA – Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) calls on the members of the Virginia House Agriculture Subcommittee #1 to vote no on SB 374 in today’s hearing. SB 374 is a dangerous bill that would take away government control and oversight of the federally-mandated beef checkoff tax assessment, handing the funds over to a private membership lobbying entity. In 2005, the U.S. Read More …

Serious Abuses of Ohio Beef Checkoff Tax Dollars Show Need for Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2018 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 [email protected] Serious Abuses of Ohio Beef Checkoff Tax Dollars Show Need for Reform Columbus, OH – Today, the Organization for Competitive Markets and Ohio Farmers Union released a briefing paper outlining how federal and state funds are being used to prop up and fund a trade and lobbying entity. The Ohio Beef Council, an agency of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is funneling taxpayer dollars through payroll Read More …

Briefing Paper | Analysis of the Ohio Beef Checkoff Program: Serious Abuses Show a Need for Reform

Ohio cattle producers are mandated by both state and federal laws to pay a fee to the government for every head of cattle they sell. Known as the Beef Checkoff Program, these mandatory fees are intended to be used for research and promotion of beef. The Ohio Beef Council, an agency of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, collects, administers, and expends these tax dollars. The U.S. Supreme Court made clear that checkoff programs are activities and speech of Read More …

Have You Been Affected by Large Agribusiness Mergers? Take This Quick Survey

The last year and half has brought many changes to the farming community. One of the biggest has been the wave of mergers sweeping through the major corporations many farmers rely upon for seeds and chemicals. Two major mergers have been completed (Dow & DuPont and Syngenta & ChemChina). One more is still pending: Monsanto & Bayer. The U.S. Department of Justice and many state Attorneys General are reviewing that merger and looking for farmer input. Now is your Read More …

Farm Groups Call on Missouri Lawmakers to Make Changes Following Report on Struggle of Family Farmers and Rural Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2018 Media Contacts: Chelsea Davis, 573-808-3553, [email protected] Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552, [email protected] Farm Groups Call on Missouri Lawmakers to Make Changes Following Report on Struggle of Family Farmers and Rural Communities Jefferson City, MO – Today at a legislative briefing at the Missouri State Capitol, the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) released a report outlining the dire state of Missouri family farmers and rural communities. Pointing to Missouri’s rural poverty rate which is now Read More …

Policy Brief | State Series: Consolidation and the American Family Farm – Missouri

In the late 1970s, Walter Goldschmidt hypothesized that rural communities are undermined by the presence of industrial farm operations, which lead to rural communities that are less likely to have a strong middle class, quality public services, and robust community participation. Increased concentration in agribusiness and farms supports the Goldschmidt Hypothesis, as many rural communities across Missouri struggle to support their local economies. Missouri’s rural poverty rate is 30.9% higher than its urban poverty rate. Agribusiness firms that Read More …

Stop Virginia’s SB 374/HB 1348: Beef Checkoff Increase and Corporatization

Take Action The Virginia General Assembly is considering legislation which would quadruple the state’s beef checkoff tax on cattle producers and turn over control of those dollars to the trade and lobbying organization, Virginia Cattlemen’s Association. The bill is SB 374 (Senator Chafin-R) and HB 1348 (Delegate Weber-R). Please contact your representatives and urge them to oppose this abusive power grab by big agribusiness interests. Virginia Senate Directory Virginia Delegate Directory Look Up Your Legislator Background SB 374/HB 1348: Cattle Industry Read More …

As President Trump Addresses Farm Bureau, Independent Farmers Demand He Reverse Attacks on Family Farmers

Ahead of President Trump’s speech to the American Farm Bureau, farmers suing the Administration for rolling back critical protections for family farms issued the following statement: “President Trump’s administration has turned its back on the very farmers and rural communities that helped elect him president. Instead of upholding his promise to be our champion, the administration sided with multinational corporations to roll back rules designed to prevent corporations from engaging in unfair and deceptive practices against family farms,” said Read More …