Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) is a national, non-profit public policy research and advocacy organization headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. Founded in 1998, we are the only national think tank focusing strictly on antitrust and trade policy in agriculture. Competitive markets in agriculture is our goal, giving rise to our name. We believe we must work together, across all commodities, toward the common purpose of returning our food and agricultural sector to true supply-demand based competition.
We are the only organization that represents America’s family farmers fighting the takeover of the food system by large multinational and foreign corporations. Today, the marketplace is not working for those who actually grow and produce America’s food, nor for the U.S. consumer. Too few companies being allowed to control the market costs farmers and consumers alike; farmers are paid below true fair market value for their goods, and consumers pay higher than fair market value for their food at the retail grocery store.
Former President Theodore Roosevelt, whose likeness graces our masthead, was known as the original Trust Buster. He advocated and enforced the first antitrust laws and reinvigorated true competition and entrepreneurship throughout America. OCM seeks to reinvigorate his legacy of antitrust law and competition policy. Reclaiming competitive markets in agriculture for farmers, ranchers and rural communities is our goal for America. 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.
OCM’s Publications and Events
OCM initiates an extensive communications program to distribute knowledge and information about true free market principals in the American tradition. OCM’s bimonthly membership newsletter highlights important events and dates while distributing new ideas relating to competition and trade. OCM staff and board members appear on weekly radio programs in farming areas throughout the nation to discuss and comment upon current events. Members and staff of OCM hold meetings to discuss regulatory, policy and litigation topics relating to monopoly, concentration, vertical integration, market deception and unfairness.
OCM’s Members and Supporters
OCM membership is open to anyone who subscribes to its mission. Current members and supporters include producers of cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, hogs, poultry, vegetables and other crops. OCM membership is not limited to farmers. Consumers are an important part of our support base, as there are not enough farmers and ranchers left to take on these issues alone.
How to Label OCM
We are “pro-business” because we believe in free markets and the law of supply and demand to allocate resources properly. We are “conservative” because we believe American values such as honesty and morality should be demanded of our businesses and politicians. We are “liberal” because we believe government has a regulatory role to create and enforce the rules of doing business, thereby avoiding capitalism. We are “populist” because we have determined our nation is made economically and culturally wealthy by preserving the ability of independent families to produce our food without fear of the economically dominant firms in agribusiness.
Official Policy Position – Acceptance of Funds
The Organization for Competitive Markets is committed to the establishment of competitive markets for the exchange of goods and products used in, and produced by, agriculture, by the nation’s farmers and ranchers across the United States. OCM is committed to the concept that true competition reduces the need for economic regulations, and that definition and advocacy for the responsible role in government in the agriculture economy as a regulator and enforcer of rules is necessary to assure that markets are fair, honest, accessible and competitive. This is OCM’s essential work.
OCM is dependent upon the contributions of members and others who share common goals in its interest in free, open, competitive markets, and the proper role for government as a regulator for those markets. As a matter of policy, OCM shall seek, accept and use funds granted, gifted, or invested in OCM only in ways consistent with fulfillment of its purposes and this policy.
Based on the principles stated in the recitals, it is hereby resolved by the Organization for Competitive Market’s Board that:
OCM may accept contributions and membership payments from any person or organization other than an organization identified on a U.S. State Department list of organizations with interest inimical to the United States, or a person who is a member of such an organization, or has avowed interests contrary to the Constitution of the United States and the concept of free markets expressed above. Further, OCM shall accept funds which are contributed or paid to it (a) with no demands or expectations, written or unwritten, and no strings attached to how they will be used by OCM, or (b) are donated for a dedicated, defined purpose approved by the OCM Board before the funds are accepted. Such a purpose shall be consistent with OCM’s organizational policy and principles, but may be devoted to work in a single area of market activity.
No officer, director, or representative of OCM may accept funds on any terms other than those authorized in this Policy Statement.
Since OCM is a tax exempt organization under 26 USC § 503 (IRC § 503), no contribution, donation, or fundraising activity shall, in any manner, occur under circumstances inconsistent with, or contrary to, the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States and the tax exempt status of the Organization for Competitive Markets.
This policy shall not be modified upon a vote of less than two-thirds (2/3’s) of the Government Board of Directors.
This Policy Statement shall be the official policy for the Organization for Competitive Markets. It may be used to respond to inquiries from prospective donors or contributors, or persons making inquiry about OCM’s fundraising policy. It shall become effective and binding upon enactment by the Government Board.