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

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 …

February 26, 2019: #AgJustice Webinar with Dr. Mary Hendrickson

We are starting 2019 with a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity for OCM members. Dr. Mary Hendrickson, University of Missouri, is kicking off our #AgJustice webinar series on February 26th at 11am CDT. Dr. Hendrickson will be speaking about her research on developing a framework for evaluating the fairness of agricultural markets and sharing her expertise on resisting consolidation. How to connect to the webinar An invite was sent by email to OCM members. If you missed it, please contact 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 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 7/25/18. REGISTER NOW >> Antitrust attorneys from Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll will be available to meet with farmers who have suffered marketplace abuses. Our 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 …