Mark Your Calendar for the 24th AnnualFood & Agriculture Conference & Membership Meeting

“Freedom to Market” Building the Infrastructure for our Future July 29 to July 30, 2022 Marriott Kansas City Airport Kansas City, MO This year’s focus is, Freedom to Market, “Building the Infrastructure for our Future.” Our conference objective is to point to the independent beef supply chain. We believe that no matter how much money the Biden administration devotes to small processing, without connecting the supply chain of live cattle all the way to retail, 1.5 billion in Read More …

Buy American and The Domestic Beef Producer

LINCOLN NE: The “Product of the USA” label in supermarket meat cases disguises inferior foreign meat products. Domestic manufacturers were promised an aggressive Buy American agenda. The Beef and Pork producers were among the most hopeful. These domestic producers are the ONLY ones who are prohibited from specifically labeling their products. The “big 4” meat packers have a chokehold on the industry. They control about 85% of the meat packed in the USA. This is a demonstrated food Read More …

The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) opposes Senate Bill S.3229 known as the Compromise Cattle Market Bill

Media Contact: Mike Eby meby@competitivemarkets.com 717-799-0057 OCM President Vaughn Meyer OCM President, Vaughn Meyer said, “The mission of OCM is to work for transparent, fair and truly competitive agricultural and food markets and S.3229 is merely an extension of the current lack of market transparency which allows packer domination in the market place”. S. 3229 introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Deb Fischer (R- Neb.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is a compromise attempt to Read More …

Recognizing One of Our Own

Marty Irby – Named one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists for 2021 “I’m deeply honored to have been named as one of the top lobbyists in the nation for the third year in a row and am truly grateful for the tireless work that our supporters and my colleagues have dedicated to achieve tangible progress for animals,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action. “While 2021 has been a very challenging, proximity to Capitol Hill and Read More …

The OFF Act – What’s the big deal?

The big deal is to investigate the various livestock checkoff programs. This is needed at this time because the referendum promised when the checkoff began never happened. Why has the OFF Act has caused consternation for some so-called cattle trade associations? It should be clear that a “cattle” trade association that disagrees with the OFF Act does NOT represent cattle producers! The beef checkoff is a one dollar per head sold assessment paid by those selling cattle. Note, Read More …

From OCM’s President: A reflection on a year of change for both OCM and our nation.

Greetings fellow Producers and Consumers, As I begin to write this report, I must reflect on what a year of change for both OCM and our nation! Nationally with the change of administration we have witnessed new and renewed initiatives to uphold and strengthen independent production agriculture and consumer food security. Also, we are thankful to our Congressional constituents for their growing awareness and actions regarding the plight of family agriculture and its devastating effects to rural communities. Read More …

Presentation to: National Association of State Meat Inspectors

October 26, 2021 First let me thank you for inviting us to plead our case at your convention. I want to especially thank Doctor James Dillon. I’m not sure whether I should refer to him as Doctor Dillon or Colonel Dillon, but we especially appreciate his tolerance and help for our cause over the last couple of years. For twenty-two years now, OCM has been about advocating for open, transparent, competitive, and fair agricultural markets; for both the Read More …