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 …

Senators Urge DOJ Antitrust Division to Conduct Thorough and Impartial Analysis of Proposed Bayer-Monsanto Merger

On July 21, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) led 17 senators in urging the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division to conduct a thorough and impartial analysis of Bayer AG’s proposed $66 billion acquisition of Monsanto Company. The Antitrust Division must remain independent of political influence and carefully consider the impact this merger will have on agricultural businesses, farmers, and consumers. The senators warn that even the appearance that the President is open to involving Read More …

Fowl Play Results in Stolen Identity

By Vaughn Meyer, OCM Director In 2015, U.S. cattlemen were victim to the $20 billion dollar identity theft initiated in large part by that so-called superficial producer/devious packer organization known as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Many ranchers were just beginning to recover from the game rule changes which eliminated $400 plus cow/calf profits and created whopping $200 per carcass packer margins in less than six months after the death of U.S. County of Origin Labeling (COOL). Read More …

Remembering the Historical Significance of Family Farmers in the Founding of Our Nation

By John Hansen, OCM Director Howdy friends and neighbors, Happy Fourth of July.  As is my custom, I send along the Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson to remind us of the historical significance family farmers played in the founding of our nation.  Just as it is easy to not appreciate the importance of water to our very physical existence until the well goes dry, it is also easy to not appreciate the well that captures and produces Read More …

Agriculture giants Bayer, Monsanto merging could ruin American farmers

By John W. Boyd, Jr. and Mike Weaver This article first appeared in The Hill. Earlier this year, we planted our crops — soybeans, corn, and wheat — and began feeding our spring chickens. Farmers like us have been doing this for generations. But next year, when we turn to our spring tasks again, the entire farming economy will have shifted under our feet as a result of a merger wave currently underway among the world’s agricultural giants. They Read More …

OCM Opposes California’s Assembly Bill 243: California Beef Commission Law

OCM strongly opposes California’s Assembly Bill 243 (AB 243), authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper. AB 243 vastly amends the current process in place to manage the state’s mandatory beef checkoff program in ways that weaken California cattle producers’ standing and subjects them to uncapped taxation — for many, potentially without representation. We have joined with a diverse group of stakeholders, to include the farming, environmental, animal welfare, and good food movement communities to oppose this measure. View our joint Read More …