August 11-13, 2017: OCM’s 19th Annual Food and Agriculture Conference and Membership Meeting

Mark your calendar for August 11-13, 2017 for OCM’s 19th Annual Food and Agriculture Conference and Membership Meeting in Kansas City, MO. Rooms are now available through our group block at the Embassy Suites Hotel Kansas City-International Airport. Reservations may be made under the group name Organization for Competitive Markets at a rate of $119.00/per night. Book your room online or by calling (816) 891-7788. We are planning a very special conference this year and hope you’ll plan to attend. More details Read More …

Meat+Poultry: Checkoff programs in legislative crosshairs

Meat+Poultry BY ERICA SHAFFER WASHINGTON – Lawmakers in the US House and Senate introduced bi-partisan legislation intended to bring transparency and accountability to federal commodity marketing programs. Introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Corey Booker (D -NJ) the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act of 2017 (OFF Act) will: Clarify and fortify the prohibition on checkoff programs from contracting with organizations that lobby on agricultural policy; Establish program standards that prohibit anticompetitive behavior and engaging in Read More …

Federal Lawmakers Reintroduce Commodity Checkoff Reform Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal lawmakers reintroduced legislation today to bring much needed transparency and accountability to the federal government’s commodity checkoff programs. The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, S. 741, was introduced by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), while Reps. Dave Brat (R-VA) and Dina Titus (D-NV) introduced companion legislation in the House, H.R. 1753. The Voluntary Checkoff Act, S. 740, was reintroduced by Senator Lee, and companion legislation, H.R. 1752, was introduced Read More …

Sen. Roberts Tells Trump to Forget COOL While Brazil’s Rotten Meat Scandal Widens Worldwide

Two of the world’s largest meat companies, Brazilian meatpackers JBS and BRF, have been exposed for exporting rotten beef and trying to cover it up with cancer-causing acid products. Bloomberg reports that “Brazilian prosecutors allege some sausages and cold cuts contained animal parts such as pig heads, that some meat products were adulterated with cardboard, and that in some cases acid was used mask the smell of tainted meat.” At least 10 countries, including China, Canada, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Read More …

Agriculture.com: SF Special: A Constant Battle for Beef Checkoff Transparency

Agriculture.com By Anna McConnell 3/21/2017  It all started when former Kansas City Star investigative reporter Mike McGraw overheard a conversation at the 2012 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Five years later, he’s unsure exactly what he heard and can’t locate his notes from the convention, but it was enough that the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) started balling its fists and marching toward the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB), also known as the Read More …

Commodity Checkoff Programs: A Bad Deal for Taxpayers

You’re invited to a bicameral staff briefing co-hosted by                                                 Commodity Checkoff Programs: A Bad Deal for Taxpayers Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:00 PM Senate Visitor Center 201 In a rare consensus of left and right, economists of all stripes agree that the U.S. economy is suffering from a lack of competition and investment. Commodity checkoff programs Read More …

OCM sends letter to President Trump urging support for GIPSA’s Farmer Fair Practices Rules

On Friday, March 9th, OCM sent the following letter to President Trump, urging him to support the new Farmer Fair Practices Rules to strengthen the Packers & Stockyards Act. These much-needed marketplace safeguards would help level the playing field for family farmers, ensuring they have the opportunity to feed us here at home and to compete in the global market. Enclosed with our letter to President Trump are copies of our comments in support of each of the three Read More …

Huffington Post: While Trump Was Dominating In Deep-Red Oklahoma, This Democrat Won A Landslide

Huffington Post Now Joe Maxwell is urging his party not to give up on rural America. By Zach Carter MICHAEL CALI FOR THE HUFFINGTON POSTJoe Maxwell beat a right-to-farm initiative in a farming state. As precinct data rolled into his war room at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City last November, Joe Maxwell realized his team had a landslide on its hands. He saw no need to delay the victory speeches, having been up since before daybreak Read More …