USDA Claims Confidentiality for 12,000 Pages of Federal Checkoff Spending Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCM Moves Forward in Freedom of Information Case despite USDA’s Attempt to Conceal NCBA’s Abuses of Beef Checkoff Funds LINCOLN, NE – March 31, 2017 was the USDA’s court-ordered deadline to choose transparency or secrecy in a lawsuit over records from an audit initiated in 2011 of the federal Beef Checkoff Program. It chose secrecy. Out of a total of 12,341 pages of financial records from the audit and sought by the Organization for Competitive Read More …

Federal Lawmakers Reintroduce Commodity Checkoff Reform Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal lawmakers reintroduced legislation today to bring much needed transparency and accountability to the federal government’s commodity checkoff programs. The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, S. 741, was introduced by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), while Reps. Dave Brat (R-VA) and Dina Titus (D-NV) introduced companion legislation in the House, H.R. 1753. The Voluntary Checkoff Act, S. 740, was reintroduced by Senator Lee, and companion legislation, H.R. 1752, was introduced Read More …

OCM sends letter to President Trump urging support for GIPSA’s Farmer Fair Practices Rules

On Friday, March 9th, OCM sent the following letter to President Trump, urging him to support the new Farmer Fair Practices Rules to strengthen the Packers & Stockyards Act. These much-needed marketplace safeguards would help level the playing field for family farmers, ensuring they have the opportunity to feed us here at home and to compete in the global market. Enclosed with our letter to President Trump are copies of our comments in support of each of the three Read More …

Over 300 food and farm groups urge Jeff Sessions to oppose agricultural mega-mergers

For Immediate Release: February 13, 2017 (Washington, D.C.)— Nearly 325 farming, beekeeping, farmworker, religious, food safety, and conservation advocacy groups today urged the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a thorough investigation into the proposed mergers of the world’s largest agrochemical and seed companies. Groups urged Jeff Sessions, the new Attorney General, to enjoin the mergers of Dow Chemical with DuPont, Monsanto with Bayer AG, and Syngenta with ChemChina on the grounds that they will drive up food Read More …

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 …