Petition Filed to End USDA Practice of Allowing Foreign Meat to be Labeled “Product of U.S.A.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, the American Grassfed Association (AGA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) filed a petition with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) demanding FSIS policy be changed to ensure only U.S. domestic meat products can be labeled “Product of U.S.A.” The current policy allows foreign meat to be imported into the United States and bear the label “Product of U.S.A.” if it simply passes through a USDA-inspected Read More …

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. REGISTER NOW >> Confirmed Speakers Check back for updates. Carrie Balkcom, American Grassfed Association Ben Burkett, Mississippi Association of Cooperatives Mike Callicrate, Organization for Competitive Markets Read More …

June 11-13, 2018: Farmers Head to D.C. to Demand Justice in the Farm Bill

WHO: Wes Shoemyer, MO, Family Farm Action Chris Petersen, IA, Organization for Competitive Markets Kara Boyd, VA, Assoc. of American Indian Farmers John Boyd, VA, National Black Farmers Association Carrie Balkcom, CO, American Grassfed Association Lynn Wolff, ND, North Dakota Citizens Sustainability League Web Davis, MO, Missouri NAACP Dee Greene, MN, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Randy Duggar, IN, Indiana Farmers Union Marty Henderson, IL, Peace Garden & Farms WHAT: A fly-in to Washington D.C. to advocate for Read More …

Farm Groups Call for Disqualification of Ohio Beef Council from Checkoff Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2018 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 ahuffman@competitivemarkets.com Farm Groups Call for Disqualification of Ohio Beef Council from Checkoff Program Columbus, Ohio – A federally-recognized state agency has been utilizing farmers’ tax dollars to influence policy and elections, in violation of both state and federal law. Today, farm groups joined together to call for the disqualification of that agency, the Ohio Beef Council, from collecting and spending the federally-mandated tax assessments. The assessments, paid Read More …

DOJ Approval of Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Hangs Farmers Out to Dry

PRESS STATEMENT Tuesday, May 29, 2018 DOJ Approval of Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Hangs Farmers Out to Dry Today, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the mega-merger of Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. The Organization for Competitive Markets, which has fought on behalf of U.S. family farmers to block the mega-merger, issued the following statement: “Today’s news makes it clear that our anti-monopoly laws are completely worthless and the U.S. Department of Justice merger review process is pointless. Economists have well Read More …

Checkoff Reform Amendment Withdrawn Amidst Failing House Farm Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2018 Checkoff Reform Amendment Withdrawn Amidst Failing House Farm Bill Today, U.S. Representatives Brat (R-VA) and Blumenauer (D-OR) withdrew from debate their checkoff reform amendment on the House floor, avoiding it getting tangled up in the broader political battle which led to the defeat of the 2018 House Farm Bill. Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and other advocates for checkoff program reform will now take the issue to the Senate as it begins Read More …

Top 10 Most Egregious Checkoff Program Abuses

Checkoff programs have been instrumental in the history of agricultural advertising. Famous campaigns such as “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” have been paid for using family farmers’ checkoff tax dollars. However, checkoff programs have fallen under the control of big agribusiness interests, and oftentimes the billions of dollars paid into checkoff programs by hard working family farmers and ranchers end up being used to lobby for policies that hurt them. This could change in the 2018 Farm Bill Read More …

OCM Applauds Brat-Blumenauer Checkoff Reform Amendment to Farm Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2018 OCM Applauds Brat-Blumenauer Checkoff Reform Amendment to Farm Bill Today, U.S. Representatives Brat (R-VA) and Blumenauer (D-OR) filed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would provide much-needed government accountability and transparency for the Commodity Research and Promotion Programs (checkoffs). The bipartisan amendment would ensure the authorizing checkoff laws prevent conflicts of interest, anticompetitive activities that harm other commodities, and governing boards of the checkoff programs from contracting with organizations that engage Read More …