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Written on:July 18, 2008
 
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The concentration of market power in the seed industry cannot be ignored. The problem is well known and already impacts every farmer, rancher and agricultural producer. In the face of historic fuel costs, farmers are also paying higher seed costs with less choice due to unfair trade practices in the crop seed and genetics industry. Our farmers and rural communities are at a disadvantage. Help us take back an open and fair seed industry.

Educate yourself on the problem of seed concentration

Find talking points and useful reports at our Download Center

Stay up-to-date on the latest seed concentration stories by visiting the OCM blog.

Help educate the public and your political leaders on the issue

Write a letters to your legislators and local papers

Organize a meeting with a local or state leader, including your state attorney general. Be a spokesperson on the issue. Tell OCM if you’re willing to be interviewed or speak at events about seed concentration.

Create a link to OCM on your company website or blog.

Distribute our Seed Concentration Project materials at your farm organization and other citizen group events.

Encourage your attorney general to participate in the multi-state antitrust investigation

Ask your local leaders to apply pressure to your state attorney general regarding the ongoing investigation into Monsanto’s anti-competitive practices in the seed industry. Download our Q&A on the investigation.

Download our petition and ask for signatures at a local meeting or other event. Ask your neighbors, family, and friends to sign. OCM will provide a cover letter to your state attorney general. Mail your petitions to P.O. Box 6486 Lincoln, NE 68506.

Invite an OCM staff person to speak at an upcoming event

Include an OCM article in your next newsletter

OCM produces two articles each month related to its Seed Concentration Project. These articles can be reprinted with proper attribution in your organization’s newsletter, on your website or blog, or other publications.

Join our coalition

Be a partner in building broad support and focused strategies for this project.

Host a “Taking It Back” event or “house party” in your community.

House parties are a great way to educate your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues about OCM’s Seed Concentration Project. These events can be as small as 10 – 20 people, and are an excellent opportunity for sharing information with people concerned about the problem of seed concentration, as well as providing a forum for discussion, brainstorming, and signature gathering for attorney general petitions and letters to the editor. OCM will provide you all the necessary materials and staff assistance for these events. Download “How to Throw an OCM House Party” to learn more.


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