August 9-11, 2018: OCM’s 20th Annual Food and Agriculture Conference and Membership Meeting

This year is Organization for Competitive Markets’ 20th anniversary, and we plan to make our annual Food & Agriculture Conference a very special celebration. We hope you’ll come, learn and be prepared to take action together at our 2018 conference as we build a path forward using our 20 years of experience as a solid foundation. The conference will begin at 1:00 PM CT on Thursday, August 9 and continue through Friday evening with a member meeting to be held the Read More …

New Report Details Challenges Facing North Dakota Family Farmers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2018 Media Contacts: Chelsea Davis, 573-808-3553, [email protected] Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552, [email protected] New Report Details Challenges Facing North Dakota Family Farmers Grand Forks ND – Today, in a joint briefing with Family Farm Action, the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) released a report outlining the dire state of North Dakota family farmers and rural communities. Shockingly, only one in 10 farmers in North Dakota are considered young farmers with few returning to an industry Read More …

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

High levels of agribusiness and corporate farming concentration have serious implications for North Dakota, given that agriculture is the largest economic contributor in the state. The combination of consolidation and wealth extraction from rural communities has left little competition and fewer opportunities for the state’s next generation of farmers and ranchers. In addition to consolidation, multinational agribusinesses use largeness to their advantage by exerting influence over industry groups, policy, and programs intended to help farmers and consumers. The Read More …

Modern Farmer | Should a Poultry Farm Be Considered a Small Business? The OIG Says No

Modern Farmer By Dan Nosowitz In a wonky, little-seen report released last week, the Office of the Inspector General made a huge statement about the lives of poultry farmers. The OIG took a look at the loans issued by the Small Business Administration, a federal agency that guarantees loans to—you guessed it—small businesses that might otherwise have trouble getting them. Specifically, this report looked at loans to contract poultry farmers, and it comes to a startling conclusion: these farmers are Read More …

KTIC / Rural Radio Network | Farmers Oppose Bayer-Monsanto Merger

KTIC / Rural Radio Network WASHINGTON, D.C. — An overwhelming majority of surveyed farmers are concerned about the proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger and believe it will have a negative impact on independent farmers and farming communities, a poll has found. Bryce Doeschot talks with Joe Maxwell of the Organization for Competitive Markets about a recent poll that shows farmers are against the Monsanto/Bayer Merger: http://krvnam.streamon.fm/listen-pl-3641 According to the poll, of the farmers who responded: 93.7 percent are concerned about the Read More …

OCM Response to SBA Report on Poultry Grower Loans

On March 6, 2018, the Small Business Administration’s Office of Inspector General issued a report on SBA loans made to poultry growers. It found that poultry companies “exercised such comprehensive control over the growers” that they no longer qualify as small businesses. Nevertheless, SBA has given out nearly $2 billion in loans to ineligible growers who are being set up to fail in a consolidated industry in which companies are able to dictate unfair prices, pit growers against Read More …

Poll: Farmers Overwhelmingly Oppose Bayer-Monsanto Merger

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2018 Contacts: Patrick Davis, Friends of the Earth, (202) 222-0744, [email protected] Angela Huffman, Organization for Competitive Markets, (614) 390-7552, [email protected] Poll: Farmers Overwhelmingly Oppose Bayer-Monsanto Merger  Farmers’ concerns illustrate why merger should be blocked; milder remedies unlikely to work WASHINGTON, D.C. – An overwhelming majority of surveyed farmers are concerned about the proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger and believe it will have a negative impact on independent farmers and farming communities, a poll released today Read More …

POLITICO | Farm groups launch opposition to King’s interstate commerce bill

POLITICO’s Morning Ag By LIZ CRAMPTON Farm groups launch opposition to King’s interstate commerce bill: More than 60 progressive farm groups sent a letter to House Agriculture Committee members today saying that they oppose H.R. 4879/3599, which would make it illegal for states to enact laws prohibiting the trade of agricultural goods based on how they were produced. The bill, introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), is designed to thwart state regulations like the one in California that bans the sale of eggs from Read More …