OCM Condemns Latest GIPSA Rule Iteration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, January 13, 2020, the Federal Register will publish a proposed rule by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). This rule aims to specify criteria the Secretary of Agriculture would consider when determining whether an undue or unreasonable preference or advantage has occurred in violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act. Upon its initial review of the proposed rule, Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) issued the following assessment: USDA Read More …

Checkoff Program Reform Legislation Filed in U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Titus (NV-01) introduced the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation is the companion bill to S.935, filed in 2019 by U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The OFF Act would put an end to the most egregious abuses committed by the boards and contractors of the federally mandated commodity checkoff programs. Checkoff programs have been instrumental in the Read More …

USMCA Misses the Mark for U.S. Farmers and Ranchers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Angela Huffman ahuffman@competitivemarkets.com 614-390-7552 Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the U.S., Mexico, and Canada trade agreement (USMCA). The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) issued the following statement: OCM is gravely disappointed that the economic viability of America’s farmers and ranchers has once again been left out of the trilateral trade agreement. Like its predecessor, NAFTA, USMCA fuels the consolidation and monopolization of food and agriculture, and is harmful Read More …

Angela Huffman Named New OCM Executive Director

The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new executive director, Angela Huffman. Angela previously served OCM as its communications and research director. She brings unique experience in integrating research, communications and advocacy, which has led OCM to achieving successful policy reforms for economic justice. Her winning strategy centers on building capacity through broad-based, diverse collaborations. Recent successes include defeating a checkoff fee hike for Oklahoma ranchers, ushering two U.S. Senators to Read More …

OCM Staff in Transition

For the past five years, Joe Maxwell has ably served the Organization for Completive Markets as its executive director. During that time OCM has become a national force in combating corporate threats to transparent, fair, and competitive agricultural and food markets. Having implemented our highly successful five-year strategic plan, Joe is stepping down as OCM executive director to allow OCM to select new leadership to guide us to the next level. He will continue to serve OCM as Read More …

Groups Call out Kansas Livestock Association over Misuse of Funds

The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) has been collecting and expending $10 million dollars per year in violation of state and federal law, according to the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association (KCA). A briefing paper released by the two groups today outlines how KLA has obtained funding through an improperly close affiliation with the Kansas Beef Council, which is charged with collecting $1 a head from every cattle transaction as part of the federally Read More …

OCM Applauds U.S. Senators for Probe into JBS Transactions

As reported today in Meatingplace, “U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin requesting that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) formally open a review of the transactions of Brazilian meat-processing conglomerate JBS S.A.” Angela Huffman, Communications and Research Director for the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM), offered the following statement: “The corrupt actions of JBS demonstrate the epitome of unchecked monopoly power. JBS Read More …

Congressional Letter Urges USDA to Prioritize Producers Under Packers and Stockyards Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) praises Senators Tester and Grassley and Congresswoman Kaptur, along with 14 of their colleagues, for sending U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Ibach a letter outlining farmers’ rights that should be addressed when drafting new farmer protection rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 (P&S Act). As a result of a recent OCM lawsuit, USDA released a notice of proposed rulemaking this Spring and it is Read More …