Brownfield: OCM Wants President to Renegotiate Beef Trade Deal with China

Brownfield Ag News By Meghan Grebner 7/14/17 The Organization for Competitive Markets wants the Trump Administration to renegotiate the trade deal that resumes US beef exports to China. Executive director Joe Maxwell says the current deal puts US farmers and ranchers at a disadvantage. “Currently it is clear from our side of the deal we’re going to allow Mexico and Canada to bring beef into the United States to be further processed and then shipped under our label,” Read More …

Western Ag Reporter: Dave Wright says Al Capone would applaud NCBA’s schemes

Published May 25, 2017 Category: Inside Stories By Kerry Hoffschneider In 1977, the first beef checkoff vote was held, and Dave Wright’s grandfather, Earl Wright, loaded his grandkids up and headed out to make his opinion heard. “We told Grandpa we were not old enough to vote. He told us, ‘You each own a calf, and you can vote.’ He wanted us to vote ‘NO,’ and I remember looking at him and saying, ‘But Grandpa, maybe I want to Read More …

POLITICO: The Next GIPSA Question

POLITICO Morning Agriculture A daily briefing on agriculture and food policy By JASON HUFFMAN 04/12/17 10:00 AM EDT With help from Jenny Hopkinson and Eric Wolff THE NEXT GIPSA QUESTION: Now that the USDA has agreed to again push back the effective date of its controversial Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s interim final rule, the next action to watch is how commenters respond to the question asked on a new proposed rule, Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Read More …

Beef Magazine: GIPSA rule delayed, additional comment period opened

Beef Magazine By Burt Rutherford USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration once again postpones implementation of its controversial rule. In an announcement that drew cheers from some quarters of the beef business and consternation from others, the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) is delaying the effective date of its interim Farmer Fair Practices final rule an additional six months to Oct. 19, 2017, to allow additional comments and giving the new Ag Secretary time to consider Read More …

Tri-State Livestock News: Deja-vu for Checkoff Legislation: If at first you don’t succeed…

Tri-State Livestock News By Traci Eatherton In late March, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced new legislation, hoping to add what they call “much needed transparency and accountability” to checkoff programs. Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act of 2017 (OFF Act), along with a companion bill, the Voluntary Checkoff Act, is being praised by R-CALF. According to Bill Bullard, R-CALF CEO, the two bills were introduced too late last session for a full consideration in 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 …

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 …

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 …