With a highly-concentrated industry and uncontrolled lobbying on elected officials, there is no way for ordinary people to expect their voices to be heard over the sounds of spending by huge vested interests. This document provides an overview of agribusiness spending in the 2016 election cycle. Read more.
Category: Policy & Research
OCM is the only national think tank focusing strictly on antitrust and trade policy in agriculture for the preservation of America’s independent family farmers and ranchers. We initiate an extensive research and communications program to distribute knowledge and information about true free market principles in the American tradition.
Briefing Paper: When Small Is Big
By David A Domina & C Robert Taylor, PhD Livestock economists who look only at cash movement and do not analyze profitability outcome sometimes conclude that the effect of market power and captive supplies is “small.” They dismiss this “small” impact lightly, but ignore the fact that the impact they concede is the difference between profit and loss – the economic equivalent of the difference between life and death. Read more.
Briefing Paper: Distorted Incentives: The Simple Arithmetic of Captive Supply
Marketing agreements harm feeders selling on the cash market, and they also harm captive feeders who participate in these marketing agreements. This document explains how these agreements work. Read more.
Briefing Paper: GIPSA and Value-Based Marketing
Value-based marketing, or social responsibility marketing, appeals to consumers’ ethics and values. Proposed GIPSA rules, which would provide basic protections for poultry growers, signal a beginning, not an end to value-based marketing. Read more.