The foundation of the Organization for Competitive Markets is to reclaim competitive markets in agriculture for farmers, ranchers and rural communities. True competition reduces the need for economic regulation. Our mission, and our duty, is to define and advocate the proper role of government in the agricultural economy as a regulator and enforcer of rules necessary for markets that are fair, honest, accessible and competitive for all citizens.
Concentration in the Marketplace
Our primary objective in this work is to ensure antitrust and anti-competition laws are enforced and have the teeth necessary to provide the marketplace with safeguards so it can do its job for all of us. Over this past year the Congress has held two hearings on the topic of our failed antitrust laws. OCM is committed to raising awareness of the harm caused to the farmer, the consumer and our U.S. economy as a whole in an effort to bring about judicial and congressional reforms. Learn more.
Checkoff Program Reform
OCM has long been a leader of the effort to reform the checkoff tax system. As a result of our efforts, federal courts have questioned the basic premises of the program and through OCM’s Freedom of Information Act request, thousands of documents are in the process of being released to shed the light of day on NCBA’s very dark practices. Further, through OCM’s encouragement, federal lawmakers are working together to end the checkoff programs’ abuses. Learn more.
Strengthening the Packers & Stockyards Act
Today, 71% of America’s poultry growers live below the federal poverty level; 90% of U.S. hog farmers and 41% of U.S. cattle producers have gone out of business, and over 1,000,000 of U.S. family farmers have been driven off the land since 1980. A huge contributor is the fact that an almost 100-year-old anti-trust anti-predatory market practices act is not being enforced. There is something we can do about it; we can demand the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 be strengthened by the enactment and implementation of new Farmer Fair Practices Rules which will ensure enforcement. Learn more.
Country of Origin Labeling
To maintain both its lock on the marketplace and its unjust share of the retail price of agricultural goods, industrial agriculture must deny transparency in the marketplace. One way it does this is by denying U.S. producers the ability to differentiate their products from those of multi-national industrial agriculture corporations. This not only diminishes U.S. producers’ ability to access the market with their own agricultural goods, but also it prevents the producers from obtaining a fair and just price for their products. Learn more.