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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 …

Capitol Roundup

ON THE HILL Checkoff Reform: By the time you read this, the new Farm Bill may very well be moving through the legislative process. Therefore, to make sure you are up to date, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or watch for OCM emails. We will need your help if we are to get across the finish line on our checkoff legislation. To help you prepare for your contacts with Congressional offices visit www.competitivemarkets.com/toolkits and learn more about Read More …

Membership Report

By Pat Craycraft JOIN TODAY – Thank you to all who have renewed your 2018 memberships this year.  If you have not renewed or joined OCM in 2018 – it’s not too late. We hope that you will support OCM and make 2018 a record making year for membership.  Please tell others about OCM and invite them to be a part of our organization. Attention Allied Organizations – please consider an Association Membership with OCM at the $200, Read More …

New OCM State Policy Report Series

Following up on OCM’s 2017 national policy brief, “Consolidation, Globalization, and the American Family Farm,” we have launched a new policy reporting series highlighting these issues at the state level. We outline the plight of family farmers and the rural communities they call home, showing how specific policy decisions made at both the state and federal level have driven the wealth off the farm, out of rural communities and into the pockets of a few global corporations. In Read More …

Organizing Farm Communities to Stop Rep. King’s Attack

By Laura Kington As a seasonal farm employee and food system advocate, my post-grad years have consistently revolved around three seasons: planting, harvesting, and conference-ing. The last two years, I’ve worked at a flower farm on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, the city where I grew up and where I remained after graduating from the Ohio State University’s College of Food and Ag., and the year prior to that I had my first season farming on a mixed Read More …

From OCM’s President: Time for Farmers to Unite

by Mike Weaver For too many years, or should I say decades, small family farmers have been battling the mega corporations that have taken over agriculture in this country and, indeed, throughout the world. Yes, we have won a battle here and there, but many times the companies have gone to Congress and paid for a change in a law or regulation to get their way, again leaving farm families standing out in the cold. While we may have stemmed the tide of Read More …

March-April 2018 Newsletter

Please click the links below to read the full articles. Click here for a printable version of the newsletter. From OCM’s President: Time for Farmers to Unite By Mike Weaver For too many years, or should I say decades, small family farmers have been battling the mega corporations that have taken over agriculture in this country and, indeed, throughout the world. Yes, we have won a battle here and there, but many times the companies have gone to Congress and paid Read More …

OCM Support for Petition for Rulemaking on Definitions of “Beef” and “Meat”

The Organization for Competitive Markets submitted the following comments in support of Petition 18-01 filed by United States Cattlemen’s Association to exclude products not derived directly from animals raised and slaughtered from the definition of “beef” and “meat.” OCM recognizes the value U.S. consumers place on accurate, transparent labeling in making their food choices. Many of America’s family farmers and ranchers have been able to sustain the profitability of their independent family farms and ranches by recognizing consumer Read More …