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 …

POLITICO | Cutting off Importers from U.S.A. Labeling

POLITICO By Liz Crampton Beef importers have been able to take advantage of a loophole in regulations that allows them to use “Product of U.S.A.” labels if their goods pass through a USDA-inspected plant, beef groups say. Now, two groups are petitioning the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service to change its policy. The problem became especially acute in 2015, when country-of-origin labeling was repealed, say the American Grassfed Association and the Organization for Competitive Markets. And it is 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 …

The Washington Post | Justice Department approves Bayer-Monsanto merger in landmark settlement

The Washington Post By Brian Fung and Caitlin Dewey Federal antitrust regulators have granted agribusiness giants Bayer and Monsanto permission to merge after the two companies agreed to spin off $9 billion worth of assets, the largest such sale of corporate assets ever required by the Justice Department. Under the proposed settlement filed Tuesday, Bayer will sell its seed and herbicide businesses to a third party, the German chemical company BASF. It also will sell its emerging digital 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 …

Des Moines Register | Merged Bayer-Monsanto will corner the market on farm data and software

Des Moines Register Angela Huffman, Register Opinion contributor Published 11:11 a.m. CT May 14, 2018 (Photo: Kelsey Kremer/The Register) The Department of Justice (DOJ) is expected to approve the merger between Bayer and Monsanto. If that happens, the world’s newest and largest seed and chemical company will have more in common with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica than meets the eye. In recent years, large agrochemical companies, including Bayer and Monsanto, have been heavily investing in digital agriculture. This 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 …