August 8-10, 2019: 21st Annual Food and Agriculture Conference and Membership Meeting


Join us for the only national conference focused on breaking up corporate consolidation and monopoly power in agriculture.

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 7/19/19.


This year our focus is “Arming the Movement for Independent Family Agriculture.” We will apply an innovative, evidence-based conference format designed to build cross-sectoral understanding and spark creativity with the goal of planning new, powerful ways to arm ourselves for the efforts ahead.

Prior to the conference, participants will receive an exclusive packet containing the latest research and thinking from our nation’s farm, food and antitrust experts on corporate power, consolidation, market barriers and the hurdles to overcome to forge a path forward for policy victories for family farm agriculture and a fair and just food system.

During the conference, speakers including farmers, ranchers, policymakers, researchers and organizers will share their expertise, experiences and hopes for the fight for independent family agriculture, which will prepare attendees for participatory design and planning workshops that will lay out concrete strategies to win the battle for a better farm and food future.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Session One

1:00 – 1:15 PM
Speaker: Don Stull, President, Organization for Competitive Markets

1:15 – 2:00 PM
Opening Keynote
Speaker: John Ikerd, University of Missouri

2:00 – 4:30 PM
Why the Movement for Independent Family Agriculture? Speaker: TBA
Finding a Shared Voice, Speaker: TBA
Making an Impact in 2019, Speaker: Erik Peterson, Bending the Arc Strategies

5:30 – 6:30 PM
Networking Reception with a Cash Bar

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Speaker: Sarah Lloyd, Wisconsin Farmers Union and Dairy Together

Friday, August 9, 2019

Session Two

9:00 – 12:30 PM
Campaign Workshop Breakouts:
Checkoff Program Reform
Food and Agriculture Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review
Messaging Corporate Power

12:30 – 1:45 PM
Lunch and Presentation of New OCM Research
Opening Remarks: Rohit Chopra, Federal Trade Commission

Session Three

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Campaign Workshops Debriefing

3:00 – 3:15 PM

3:15 – 4:00 PM
Closing Keynote
Speaker: Pakou Hang, Hmong American Farmers Association

4:00 – 4:30 PM
Final Thoughts and Call to Action
Speaker: Joe Maxwell, Organization for Competitive Markets

Saturday, August 10, 2019

9:00 AM
OCM Membership Meeting

Thank You to Our Generous Conference Sponsors:

Alabama Contract Poultry Growers Association
11th Hour Project/The Schmidt Family Foundation
Union of Concerned Scientists
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

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