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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 …

DOJ Approval of Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Hangs Farmers Out to Dry

PRESS STATEMENT Monday, April 9, 2018 DOJ Approval of Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Hangs Farmers Out to Dry Today, The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to allow Bayer AG’s mega-deal to acquire Monsanto Co. The Organization for Competitive Markets, which has fought on behalf of U.S. family farmers to block the mega-merger, issued the following statement: “Today’s news makes it clear that our anti-monopoly laws are completely worthless and the U.S. Department of Justice merger review process Read More …

On RV Tour Sec. Perdue Says America’s Farmers Don’t Need Protection From Abusive Multinational Big Ag, Says It’s the Way of “American Capitalistic Society”

On RV Tour Sec. Perdue Says America’s Family Farmers Don’t Need Protection From Abusive Multinational Big Ag, Says It’s the Way of “American Capitalistic Society” Farmers Group Responds to Perdue Siding with Multinational Agribusiness Corporations over America’s Farmers Perdue’s Out-of-Touch Remarks Come During His “RV Tour” While touring Ohio during his “Back to Our Roots” RV tour, USDA Secretary Perdue doubled down on the Trump Administration’s decision to turn its back on family farmers and side with multinational Read More …

107 Farm Groups Urge Congress to Reject H.R. 4879/3599 in the 2018 Farm Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2018  107 Farm Groups Urge Congress to Reject H.R. 4879/3599 in the 2018 Farm Bill Washington, D.C. – Today, a coalition including Family Farm Action, Organization for Competitive Markets, National Dairy Producers Organization and Farm Aid submitted a letter to members of the Senate Agriculture Committee urging them to reject Rep. Steve King’s effort to include his radical legislation in the 2018 Farm Bill. King’s legislation would wipe out most state and local Read More …

Family Farmers File Brief Against Department of Agriculture for Unlawful Withdrawal of Farmer Fair Practices Rules

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, March 30, 2018 Family Farmers File Brief Against Department of Agriculture for Unlawful Withdrawal of Farmer Fair Practices Rules  Administration Unlawfully Withdrew Rules that Would Have Helped Level the Playing Field Between Farmers and Agribusiness  New Brief is Latest Development in Suit Against the Trump Administration for Siding with Big Ag over Small Farmers Washington, D.C. — On behalf of the Organization for Competitive Markets and individual farmers, Democracy Forward filed a new brief in Read More …

Farmers Detail Harm Suffered at Hands of Big Ag Corporations in Our New Filing Against USDA

In December 2017, we sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for illegally withdrawing critical protections intended to shield family farmers and ranchers from predatory and retaliatory practices by big agribusiness corporations. These protections were known as the Farmer Fair Practices, or GIPSA Rules. Today, with legal representation by Democracy Forward, we filed a new brief in our suit. In it we detail the experiences of farmers and ranchers harmed by discrimination, blackballing, and other terrible tactics at Read More …

OCM Opposes California Legislative Attempt to Increase Beef Checkoff

The California Legislature is at it again. They’re attempting to tax cattle producers $1 per head of cattle sold, without providing the basic taxpayer safeguards of a state audit, appropriations, or open and transparent records. This newly proposed legislation, SB-965, also fails to prevent the taxpayer funds from being used for lobbying. SB-965 would leave the program open to abuse and scandal, no different than we’ve already seen in states like Oklahoma and Ohio. Today, we wrote to the Read More …

August 9-11, 2018: OCM’s 20th Annual Food and Agriculture Conference and Membership Meeting

Marriott Kansas City Airport 775 Brasilia Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64153 Reserve your room at the OCM conference rate of $102 per night by booking online or calling (816) 464-2200. Rooms are available at the discounted rate until 7/19/18. This year is Organization for Competitive Markets’ 20th anniversary, and we plan to make our annual Food & Agriculture Conference a very special celebration. We hope you’ll come, learn and be prepared to take action together at our 2018 conference as we Read More …