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


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

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.


Confirmed Speakers

Check back for updates.

Carrie Balkcom, American Grassfed Association
Ben Burkett, Mississippi Association of Cooperatives
Mike Callicrate, Organization for Competitive Markets
Rohit Chopra, Federal Trade Commission
Leah Douglas, Food and Environment Reporting Network
Mike Eby, National Dairy Producers Organization
Kevin Fulton, Fulton Farms
Andy Green, Center for American Progress
Judith Heffernan, Organization for Competitive Markets
Mary Hendrickson, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Janie Simms Hipp, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Institute
Barry Lynn, Open Markets Institute
Vaughn Meyer, Organization for Competitive Markets
Jose Oliva, Food Chain Workers Alliance
Dennis Olson, United Food and Commercial Workers
Tom Philpott, Mother Jones
Lorette Picciano, Rural Coalition/Coalicíon Rural
Ricardo Salvador, Union of Concerned Scientists
Rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh
Fred Stokes, Organization for Competitive Markets
Mike Weaver, Organization for Competitive Markets and Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias
TBD, National Family Farm Coalition
TBD, Roosevelt Institute

Tentative Agenda

A full agenda will be forthcoming.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

12:00 – 1:00 PM

1:00 – 1:15 PM
Invocation and Welcome
Speakers: Judith Heffernan and Mike Weaver

Session 1 – Impact of Concentration

1:15 – 1:45 PM
Opening Keynote: A Better World is Possible
Speaker: Ricardo Salvador

1:45 – 2:30 PM
Panel: Impact of Concentration in Cattle, Dairy, and Fisheries

2:30 – 2:45 PM

2:45 – 3:45 PM
Panel: Voices from Our Communities

3:45 – 4:00 PM

4:00 – 4:45 PM
Round Table Discussion: How to Build Bridges

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

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Dinner Speaker: Rohit Chopra

Friday, August 10, 2018

Session 2 – Today’s Farm and Rural Crisis

8:30 – 9:00 AM
Presentation: Overview of Today’s Impending Farm Crisis

9:00 – 9:45 AM
Panel: Impact of Retail Concentration on Workers and Farmers

9:45 – 10:00 AM

10:00 – 11:00 AM
Panel: Economic Impact on Rural Communities and Main Streets

11:00 – 12:00 PM
Panel: Concentration in Other Sectors

12:15 – 1:15 PM
Land Lessons: Surviving and Thriving in Life’s Seasons
Lunch Speaker: Rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh

Session 3 – Taking Action to Restore Family Farm Agriculture

1:30 – 2:15 PM
Panel: Ending Agency Capture

2:15-2:45 PM
Presentation: Regenerative Agriculture for Rural Economic Development
Speaker: Kevin Fulton

2:45 – 3:00 PM

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Panel: Stopping the Growth of Vertical Integrators

3:45 – 4:30 PM
Round Table Discussion: Taking Action Together

Saturday, August 11, 2018

8:00 AM
OCM Membership Meeting

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