July 9, 2021 – OCM Vice-President Stokes quoted in Bloomberg

By Deena Shanker, Bloomberg/Newsroom <dshanker@bloomberg.net> Currently, if a farmer wants to sue a company for anti-competitive behavior under the act, the farmer would need to show the company’s actions hurt not only him, but the entire industry. That creates a very high bar that the Obama rules would have lowered. But the Trump administration withdrew the rules, leaving groups like the Organization for Competitive Markets disappointed. Fred Stokes, the founder of OCM, and a cattle rancher in Porterville, Read More …

OCM Releases Report on Regulatory Capture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2020   Media Contact: Ben Gotschall bgotschall@competitivemarkets.com 402-540-1342   Organization for Competitive Markets Releases Report on Regulatory Capture White paper reveals ag industry and government are too close for comfort LINCOLN, NE: The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) has released a report on regulatory agency capture entitled “Captured: How Agribusiness Controls Regulatory Agencies and Harms Producers and Consumers.” The 25-page paper details the revolving door between major agribusiness firms and the regulatory agencies Read More …

‘An industry gone bankrupt’: Weld County lamb producers to feel impact of Mountain States Rosen closure

by Anne Delaney Source: The Greeley Tribune When the Mountain States Rosen lamb plant in Greeley announced its closure last month, the transaction was projected to have a major effect on the lamb industry nationwide. The implications of the plant shutdown are already being felt in Weld County where as many as 300,000 lambs per year are kept on feedlots. Feedlots are where the lambs are fattened up before moving to slaughter at Mountain States Rosen, which was the Read More …

DOJ asked to investigate JBS lamb facility acquisition

by Jacqui Fatka Source: Feedstuffs JBS USA Holdings Inc. closed on its purchase of the rancher-owned Mountain States Rosen lamb processing facility in Greeley, Colo., but a number of congressional leaders from five western states as well as industry groups have asked U.S. Department of Justice assistant attorney general Makan Delrahim to investigate the acquisition. The COVID-19 pandemic severely damaged foodservice sales and consumer demand for American lamb, as foodservice dine-in sales account for more than 50% of Read More …

DOJ MAKES STATEMENT OF INTEREST IN DFA CASE

by Nicole Heslip Source: Brownfield Ag News The Department of Justice has filed a brief in an ongoing Dairy Farmers of America federal court case with Northeast dairy farmers. The Department says the cooperative’s actions are inconsistent with legal protections for co-ops in the Capper-Volstead Act and is not safeguarded from antitrust laws as DFA argues. Ben Gotschall with the Organization for Competitive Markets tells Brownfield the purpose of agriculture antitrust laws is to protect producers and they’re pleased to Read More …