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Fowl Play Results in Stolen Identity

By Vaughn Meyer, OCM Director In 2015, U.S. cattlemen were victim to the $20 billion dollar identity theft initiated in large part by that so-called superficial producer/devious packer organization known as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Many ranchers were just beginning to recover from the game rule changes which eliminated $400 plus cow/calf profits and created whopping $200 per carcass packer margins in less than six months after the death of U.S. County of Origin Labeling (COOL). Read More …

Brownfield: OCM Wants President to Renegotiate Beef Trade Deal with China

Brownfield Ag News By Meghan Grebner 7/14/17 The Organization for Competitive Markets wants the Trump Administration to renegotiate the trade deal that resumes US beef exports to China. Executive director Joe Maxwell says the current deal puts US farmers and ranchers at a disadvantage. “Currently it is clear from our side of the deal we’re going to allow Mexico and Canada to bring beef into the United States to be further processed and then shipped under our label,” Read More …

OCM Calls on President Trump to Renegotiate Beef Trade Deal with China

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2017 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 [email protected] OCM Calls on President Trump to Renegotiate Beef Trade Deal with China Deal puts U.S. farmers and ranchers at a disadvantage to foreign imported beef LINCOLN, NE – Pointing to the provisions of the trade deal that will allow U.S. beef exports to China, the Organization for Competitive Markets today called on the Trump Administration to renegotiate the deal to ensure it does not put U.S. Read More …

Remembering the Historical Significance of Family Farmers in the Founding of Our Nation

By John Hansen, OCM Director Howdy friends and neighbors, Happy Fourth of July.  As is my custom, I send along the Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson to remind us of the historical significance family farmers played in the founding of our nation.  Just as it is easy to not appreciate the importance of water to our very physical existence until the well goes dry, it is also easy to not appreciate the well that captures and produces Read More …

Agriculture giants Bayer, Monsanto merging could ruin American farmers

By John W. Boyd, Jr. and Mike Weaver This article first appeared in The Hill. Earlier this year, we planted our crops — soybeans, corn, and wheat — and began feeding our spring chickens. Farmers like us have been doing this for generations. But next year, when we turn to our spring tasks again, the entire farming economy will have shifted under our feet as a result of a merger wave currently underway among the world’s agricultural giants. They Read More …

OCM Opposes California’s Assembly Bill 243: California Beef Commission Law

OCM strongly opposes California’s Assembly Bill 243 (AB 243), authored by Assemblymember Jim Cooper. AB 243 vastly amends the current process in place to manage the state’s mandatory beef checkoff program in ways that weaken California cattle producers’ standing and subjects them to uncapped taxation — for many, potentially without representation. We have joined with a diverse group of stakeholders, to include the farming, environmental, animal welfare, and good food movement communities to oppose this measure. View our joint Read More …

August 11-13, 2017: 19th Annual Food and Agriculture Conference and Membership Meeting

Join us and learn how you can take action to stop the extinction of America’s family farmers and our traditional agricultural practices. REGISTER NOW Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton – KCI 7640 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway Kansas City, MO 64153 Reservations may be made under the group name Organization for Competitive Markets at a rate of $119.00/per night. Book your room online or by calling (816) 891-7788. Our Conference Speakers Dinner Speaker Wes Jackson Co-Founder and President Emeritus of The Read More …

June 15, 2017: Concentration in Agriculture and the Monsanto-Bayer Merger

About We are at a pivotal moment in food and agriculture. Once the Monsanto+Bayer merger goes through, the economics of food, farming, and the environment will be radically altered. It will be impossible to undo. If the $66 billion merger is approved, Monsanto+Bayer will be the world’s largest agribusiness company. Many of the vegetables you eat, key ingredients in our processed foods, the canola oil you use in cooking, and the cotton you wear will all essentially be controlled by one company. For Read More …