OCM Responds to Perdue’s Elimination of GIPSA Program

Following on the heels of his withdrawal of the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Farmer Fair Practices Rules, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has now announced the elimination of GIPSA as a standalone agency. In a memo released on November 14, 2017, Perdue stated, “The Packers and Stockyards Program formerly part of GIPSA and the Warehouse Act functions formerly part of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will be transferred to [Agricultural Marketing Service] and included in Read More …

1 Million+ Consumers Call on DOJ to Block Bayer-Monsanto Merger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2017 Expert contacts: Tiffany Finck-Haynes, Friends of the Earth, (202) 222-0715, [email protected] Bill Bullard, R-CALF-USA, (406) 670-8157 [email protected] Communications contacts: Patrick Davis, Friends of the Earth, (202) 222-0744, [email protected] Angela Huffman, (614) 390-7552, [email protected] Paul Towers, (916) 216-1082, [email protected] 1 Million+ Consumers Call on DOJ to Block Bayer-Monsanto Merger New reports reveal devastating impacts on consumers and farmers Washington, D.C. – Over 1 million petition signatures were delivered today by farming, consumer and Read More …

Oklahoma Ranchers Vote Down the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association’s Attempt to Increase Their Taxes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2017 Media Contacts: Bill Bullard, 406-252-2516, [email protected] Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552, [email protected] OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Today Oklahoma farmers and ranchers won a great victory against the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) and their corporate out of state interests.  In an announcement today, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry (DAFF) announced in a vote of 1998 to 2506 the Oklahoma Beef Checkoff Referendum had been defeated. The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and R-CALF USA Read More …

Farm Groups Urge President Trump to Implement GIPSA Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2017 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 [email protected] Farm Groups Urge President Trump to Implement GIPSA Protections WASHINGTON, D.C. – In denouncing Secretary Perdue’s withdrawal of the two Farmer Fair Practices Rules on October 17, 2017, Organization for Competitive Markets stated it would call on President Trump to do by executive order what the Secretary was unwilling to do: implement the proposed GIPSA rules. Today, a coalition of more than 80 agricultural organizations including Read More …

Oklahoma Ranchers Seek Supreme Court Intervention in State Checkoff Referendum

              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 23, 2017 Media Contacts: Bill Bullard, 406-252-2516, [email protected] Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552, [email protected] Oklahoma Ranchers Seek Supreme Court Intervention in State Checkoff Referendum OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Today, Oklahoma members of the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and R-CALF USA joined together to file with the Oklahoma Supreme Court an application for original jurisdiction requesting the court enter a declaratory judgement and prohibit the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Read More …

OCM Appalled by GIPSA Rule Withdrawal, Calls for Executive Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 17, 2017 OCM Appalled by GIPSA Rule Withdrawal, Calls for Executive Order Lincoln, NE – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced it will withdraw the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Final Rule, Scope of Sections 202(a) and (b) of Packers and Stockyards Act, and take no further action on the proposed rule, Unfair Practices and Undue Preferences in Violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act. Thus Read More …

OCM Urges USDA to Finalize GIPSA Farmer Fair Practices Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2017 OCM Urges USDA to Finalize GIPSA Farmer Fair Practices Rule Long-awaited marketplace safeguard would restore rights of U.S. farmers and ranchers Lincoln, NE – On Thursday, a long-awaited rule is set to go into effect that would restore the rights of farmers and ranchers who are harmed by a meat packing or processing company’s anti-competitive and unfair practices. Known as the GIPSA rule or the Farmer Fair Practices rule, it would clarify Read More …

OCM Thanks USDA for Releasing Missing Dairy Checkoff Reports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has compiled and submitted to Congress dairy checkoff reports that had been missing since 2012. The federally mandated annual reports are required to account for dairy checkoff program activities, spending, and effectiveness. In September, the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) called on USDA to hold itself accountable for dairy farmers’ checkoff tax dollars. OCM offered the following statement regarding the submission of the reports: “The Organization for Competitive Markets thanks the U.S. Department Read More …