Farm Tax Dollars Used Illegally to Influence Ohio’s Governor Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2018 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 [email protected] Farm Tax Dollars Used Illegally to Influence Ohio’s Governor Race Farm Groups Call on Governor Kasich to Stop the Illicit Expenditure of Farmers’ Tax Dollars on Lobbying and Electioneering Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Beef Council, a state agency of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, illegally used government property to promote a fundraiser for the Mike DeWine gubernatorial campaign. On April 6, 2018, the Ohio Beef Read More …

DOJ Approval of Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Hangs Farmers Out to Dry

PRESS STATEMENT Monday, April 9, 2018 DOJ Approval of Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Hangs Farmers Out to Dry Today, The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to allow Bayer AG’s mega-deal to acquire Monsanto Co. The Organization for Competitive Markets, which has fought on behalf of U.S. family farmers to block the mega-merger, issued the following statement: “Today’s news makes it clear that our anti-monopoly laws are completely worthless and the U.S. Department of Justice merger review process Read More …

On RV Tour Sec. Perdue Says America’s Farmers Don’t Need Protection From Abusive Multinational Big Ag, Says It’s the Way of “American Capitalistic Society”

On RV Tour Sec. Perdue Says America’s Family Farmers Don’t Need Protection From Abusive Multinational Big Ag, Says It’s the Way of “American Capitalistic Society” Farmers Group Responds to Perdue Siding with Multinational Agribusiness Corporations over America’s Farmers Perdue’s Out-of-Touch Remarks Come During His “RV Tour” While touring Ohio during his “Back to Our Roots” RV tour, USDA Secretary Perdue doubled down on the Trump Administration’s decision to turn its back on family farmers and side with multinational Read More …

107 Farm Groups Urge Congress to Reject H.R. 4879/3599 in the 2018 Farm Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2018  107 Farm Groups Urge Congress to Reject H.R. 4879/3599 in the 2018 Farm Bill Washington, D.C. – Today, a coalition including Family Farm Action, Organization for Competitive Markets, National Dairy Producers Organization and Farm Aid submitted a letter to members of the Senate Agriculture Committee urging them to reject Rep. Steve King’s effort to include his radical legislation in the 2018 Farm Bill. King’s legislation would wipe out most state and local Read More …

Family Farmers File Brief Against Department of Agriculture for Unlawful Withdrawal of Farmer Fair Practices Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, March 30, 2018 Family Farmers File Brief Against Department of Agriculture for Unlawful Withdrawal of Farmer Fair Practices Rules  Administration Unlawfully Withdrew Rules that Would Have Helped Level the Playing Field Between Farmers and Agribusiness  New Brief is Latest Development in Suit Against the Trump Administration for Siding with Big Ag over Small Farmers Washington, D.C. — On behalf of the Organization for Competitive Markets and individual farmers, Democracy Forward filed a new brief in 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 …

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 …