A New $1 Cow Tax in Oklahoma: Good Money After Bad

A Word on Farm Law and Policy By Harlan Hentges Edmond, Oklahoma A $1.00 tax is imposed every time cattle are sold. This is the “Beef Checkoff” imposed by federal law. Oklahoma ranchers pay about $3 million per year. Half goes to the Oklahoma Beef Council (OBC), and half goes to the national Cattlemen’s Beef Board. OBC says the money is used to make “a positive difference for Oklahoma’s farming and ranching families” and for “strengthening consumer trust.” Read More …

Could the Bayer-Monsanto merger put the U.S. seed supply under Chinese control?

Much has already been said by Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and others about the food security threat posed by the pending mega-merger of Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. The combined company would have unprecedented control of big data and access to patents, gene traits and intellectual property. It would become the world’s largest agribusiness company, with a virtual lock on the seed for corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, and wheat. It would have the ability to further dominate Read More …

Dr. John Ikerd: Feeding the World Intelligently–Without Corporate Agriculture

This talk was the opening keynote at OCM’s 19th Annual Food and Agriculture Conference. Feeding the World Intelligently –Without Corporate Agriculture[i] John Ikerd[ii] “American Farmers Must Feed the World!” This popular myth is perpetuated by the “agricultural establishment”[iii]  in an attempt to maintain public support for their failed system of industrial agriculture. Most agricultural academics and agribusiness professionals seem to have bought into the idea that only a bio-tech, info-tech industrial approach to agricultural production will be capable Read More …

New Organization Launches to Give Political Muscle to Family Farmers

Today, our movement is helping to launch a new organization, Family Farm Action, which will give political muscle to family farmers and rural communities. As a new 501(c)(4) and Political Action Committee (PAC), Family Farm Action will support candidates who stand up for independent family farms and our rural communities, run state ballot initiatives that limit monopoly power over agriculture, and help develop and push for pro-competition legislation. As we know, most existing political organizations, like the National Read More …

USDA Inc.: JBS is the Latest in Scandalous Job Swapping Between Government and Meat Industry

At the Organization for Competitive Markets annual conference in 2004, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was dubbed USDA, Inc. because of the revolving door between the meat industry and USDA. In the research that was released at the conference, Phillip Matara outlined the problems created when meat industry leaders are leading the very agency that is supposed to be safeguarding farmers and consumers from the meat industry’s abusive practices. 15 years later the door is still revolving. Read More …