Online Event: Meat Processing and Inspection with Dr. James Dillon

On June 25th, 2020, OCM launched the first video of its summer online event series, a presentation by Dr. James Dillon, Director of the Texas Meat and Poultry Inspection Program.  This video is a great overview of the different types of meat inspection, and discusses the effects of currently proposed legislation that would affect the market access of state-inspected meat. You can watch the video presentation here: You can also download a PDF file of the slides from Read More …

OCM to Hold Series of Online Discussions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2020   Media Contact: Ben Gotschall bgotschall@competitivemarkets.com 402-540-1342   OCM to Hold Series of Online Discussions First Topic will be Meat Processing and Inspection LINCOLN, NE: The Organization for Competitive Markets has announced that its annual conference, scheduled for August has been cancelled.  In order to provide timely information and discussion of topics important to its members and to the public, OCM will be hosting a series of online events dealing with issues Read More …

22nd Annual Food and Agriculture Conference and Membership Meeting

CANCELLED 22nd Annual Food and Agriculture Conference and Membership Meeting After much deliberation and careful consideration, the OCM Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 annual convention in Oklahoma City. The Board is concerned about the health and safety of our members, staff, annual meeting speakers and registrants, and the possibility for community spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) during our annual gathering. Therefore, we believe the responsible decision is to cancel our 2020 annual conference. We Read More …

October 2, 2019: Rally to Stop the Stealin’!

The cattle producers’ share of the retail price of beef has been as high as 70%, but today it is just 38.5%. Last week, cattle producers were losing over $200.00 per head while the monopoly meatpackers like JBS were making over $400.00. Farmers and ranchers own and care for their cattle 365 days a year and are going broke, while the Big Four packers own the cattle for about a week and get rich. Enough is enough: It Read More …

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

#FoodAndAg2019 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. REGISTER NOW >> This year’s conference is a two-day gathering of experts and advocates from across the United States for a rare opportunity Read More …

August 2, 2019: #AgJustice Webinar with Open Markets Institute

Our #AgJustice webinar series continues on August 2nd at 10:00 AM CT with Claire Kelloway from the Open Markets Institute. This is a presentation exclusively for OCM members that you won’t want to miss. Claire will outline how the courts, lawmakers, and academics have reinterpreted antitrust laws to allow for unfettered mergers and unprecedented concentration across the entire economy, especially in agriculture. From seeds, to processing, to retail, growing consolidation and anti-competitive tactics across the food chain are squeezing Read More …

July 15-17, 2019: Nationwide Group of Family Farmers to Expose Abuse in Meat Industry, Demand Action From USDA 

Family farmers and advocates from the country’s top agricultural states will take to Capitol Hill to expose decades of abuse by the nation’s largest meatpacking companies. At a press conference on Tuesday, the group will launch its Stand With Farm Families campaign, sharing harrowing accounts of predatory contracts, rigged markets and retaliation that many farmers claim have driven them into bankruptcy. The goal of the campaign is to urge the USDA to resurrect and add specific protections to its Read More …

May 23, 2019: #AgJustice Webinar with Center for American Progress

On May 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM CT, Zoe Willingham and Abril Castro from the Center for American Progress (CAP) will bring OCM members their latest research on U.S. farm policy. They will share their research on the history of structural racism at the USDA and its contribution to the loss of black farms. They will present exciting proposals that would begin to help black farmers rebuild wealth by affirmatively supporting the growth of black-owned and -operated farms. Read More …