OCM Responds to President Trump’s Actions on TPP, GIPSA

In taking office this week, one of President Trump’s first actions was to sign an executive order withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) thanks President Trump for promptly fulfilling one of his campaign promises. After signing the executive order, President Trump stated, “It’s a great thing for the American worker…” OCM fully understands it is also a great thing for the American family farmer and the U.S. rural economy. Read More …

National Industrial Ag Trade Organizations Fail to Answer the Call for GIPSA Rule Debate

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and National Chicken Council (NCC) refuse to answer the Organization for Competitive Markets’ (OCM) challenge to debate the benefits of the recently released GIPSA Farmer Fair Practices Rules. After all three industrialized agriculture trade organizations blasted the newly released rules, OCM sent a letter on December 27th, 2016 to NCBA, NPPC and NCC challenging them to a series of debates over the merits of the rules. All Read More …

OCM Challenges NCBA and its Cohorts to Debate GIPSA Rules

LINCOLN, NE –  The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) sent a letter today to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), and National Chicken Council (NCC) challenging them to a series of debates over the merits of the newly released GIPSA Farmer Fair Practices Rules. All three industrialized agriculture trade organizations have denounced these rules which clearly benefit America’s family farmers and ranchers. OCM has worked toward the implementation of meaningful GIPSA rules for Read More …

Organization for Competitive Markets Applauds USDA’s Proposed GIPSA Regulations

Contact: Mike Weaver, [email protected], 304-249-5347 (phone), 304-668-2526 (cell) Lincoln, NE – Today, the Office of Management and Budget released USDA’s Farmer Fair Practices Rules – commonly called the “GIPSA” rules – regarding contracts between poultry companies and growers. The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) has been fighting for enforcement of GIPSA regulations since the USDA introduced rules in 2009, and looks forward to these newly released rules being enacted. Speaking at USDA’s news conference, Mike Weaver, poultry grower Read More …

Organization for Competitive Markets Concerned Over Potential Trump Ag Appointments

LINCOLN, NE – The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) congratulates President-elect Donald Trump on his election. His recognition of the economic injustices suffered by America’s farmers and ranchers was rewarded by rural America. OCM is optimistic about working with the new administration. OCM is concerned, however, that the Trump administration isn’t working for the “little guy,” especially in agriculture. Virtually all steering committee members and proposed appointees thus far are Big Ag insiders. Traditional family farmers are not Read More …

Over 100 Mississippi Farmers and Ranchers Gather to Reclaim a Fair Food System

Cattle Producers Mad as Hell and Not Gonna Take It Anymore BAY SPRINGS, MS – Yesterday evening, over 100 farmers and ranchers gathered in Bay Springs, Mississippi to say “enough is enough.” With this year’s calf prices dropping to about half of what they were a year ago and putting Mississippi cattle producers’ viability in question, cattle producers learned of actions they can take to win back a free and just market to regain their fair share of Read More …

Court Limits National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Role in Federal Records Case

On Tuesday, NCBA’s attempt to delay and disrupt OCM’s search for the truth hit a snag when a federal court greatly limited its role in a lawsuit for beef checkoff records. A federal court allowed the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) a limited entry into a lawsuit brought by OCM to obtain audit records of the beef checkoff program. NCBA had been seeking full party status. In part the court’s order stated, “NCBA’s participation in this case is limited Read More …

NCBA distorts the truth; OCM sets the record straight

In recent press statements, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has made false statements regarding the beef checkoff audits. Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) would like to set the record straight. In 2010, the Clifton Gunderson Accounting Firm performance review commissioned by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, examined small number of expenditures and personnel time cards over a 29-month period ending in 2010. Irregularities were uncovered which resulted in the NCBA having to return to the National Beef Board more Read More …