Farmers Caught in Trade War File New Brief in Suit Challenging Rollback of Protections from Big Ag Abuse

Washington, D.C. — On behalf of the Organization for Competitive Markets and individual farmers, Democracy Forward replied to the Trump Administration’s attempt to keep independent farmers out of court in their suit challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s unlawful withdrawal of rules designed to protect family farms from big agribusiness abuse. The brief comes as President Trump’s trade war escalates and highlights the extent to which family farmers are paying the price for Trump Administration policies here at home. Illegally stripped of Read More …

OCM Encouraged by U.S. Senate Checkoff Reform Vote

On Thursday evening, SA 3074 to the U.S. Senate Farm Bill, sponsored by Senators Lee, Booker, Paul, Hassan and Warren, was allowed a vote on the Senate floor and failed by a margin of 57 to 38. The amendment would have restored accountability and integrity to the commodity checkoff programs. With U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle and from across the country supporting SA 3074, Organization for Competitive Markets is ever more committed to continuing our Read More …

Petition for Rulemaking on “Product of U.S.A.” Label for Meat Under Consideration

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted for public comment the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and American Grassfed Association (AGA) petition for policy change on the use of the “Product of U.S.A.” label for meat and meat products. OCM and AGA are calling on farmers, ranchers and consumers to file their individual comments and letters of support by the FSIS deadline of September 17, 2018. COMMENT NOW OCM and AGA filed the petition for Read More …

102 Farm and Food Groups Urge Senate to Include Checkoff Reform in 2018 Farm Bill

Legislation Would Restore Integrity and Transparency to an Out-of-Control Government Program Farm Groups Take on Checkoff-Funded Commodity Trade Associations WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 102 farm and food organizations called on the U.S. Senate to restore accountability and transparency to the commodity checkoff programs by supporting inclusion of the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, S. 741, in the Senate version of the Farm Bill. The legislation’s sponsors, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), plan to Read More …

Petition Filed to End USDA Practice of Allowing Foreign Meat to be Labeled “Product of U.S.A.”

Washington, D.C. – Today, the American Grassfed Association (AGA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) filed a petition with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) demanding FSIS policy be changed to ensure only U.S. domestic meat products can be labeled “Product of U.S.A.” The current policy allows foreign meat to be imported into the United States and bear the label “Product of U.S.A.” if it simply passes through a USDA-inspected Read More …

Farm Groups Call for Disqualification of Ohio Beef Council from Checkoff Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2018 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 ahuffman@competitivemarkets.com Farm Groups Call for Disqualification of Ohio Beef Council from Checkoff Program Columbus, Ohio – A federally-recognized state agency has been utilizing farmers’ tax dollars to influence policy and elections, in violation of both state and federal law. Today, farm groups joined together to call for the disqualification of that agency, the Ohio Beef Council, from collecting and spending the federally-mandated tax assessments. The assessments, paid Read More …

DOJ Approval of Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Hangs Farmers Out to Dry

PRESS STATEMENT Tuesday, May 29, 2018 DOJ Approval of Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Hangs Farmers Out to Dry Today, the U.S. Department of Justice approved the mega-merger of Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. The Organization for Competitive Markets, which has fought on behalf of U.S. family farmers to block the mega-merger, issued the following statement: “Today’s news makes it clear that our anti-monopoly laws are completely worthless and the U.S. Department of Justice merger review process is pointless. Economists have well Read More …

Checkoff Reform Amendment Withdrawn Amidst Failing House Farm Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2018 Checkoff Reform Amendment Withdrawn Amidst Failing House Farm Bill Today, U.S. Representatives Brat (R-VA) and Blumenauer (D-OR) withdrew from debate their checkoff reform amendment on the House floor, avoiding it getting tangled up in the broader political battle which led to the defeat of the 2018 House Farm Bill. Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) and other advocates for checkoff program reform will now take the issue to the Senate as it begins Read More …