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BREAKING: Department of Justice Files Amicus Brief in Dairy Farmers of America Lawsuit

On July 27th, 2020, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit against Dairy Farmers of America, the United States’ largest dairy cooperative. The lawsuit, filed in Vermont U.S. District Court, alleges that DFA and other cooperatives agreed not to compete for each other’s farmer-members, conspired to share payment information in order to discourage competition and depress prices, and maintained those low prices market-wide by entering into supply agreements with Dean Foods Read More …

OCM Hires Mike Eby as Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2020   Media Contact: Ben Gotschall bgotschall@competitivemarkets.com 402-540-1342   OCM Hires Mike Eby as Executive Director   Pennsylvania farmer will lead anti-monopoly, pro-competition ag group   LINCOLN, NE: The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) is pleased to announce that it has hired Pennsylvania farmer Mike Eby as its new executive director.   Eby is a seventh-generation farmer whose family has been on their land for 206 years.  In 1999, Eby purchased his father’s Read More …

OCM Submits Comments on FTC “Made in the USA” Rule

The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) submitted public comments on a proposed rule that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would use to strengthen its enforcement program and help businesses understand and comply with Made in the USA (MUSA) labeling law. The proposed rule would set clear standards on what would constitute unqualified MUSA claims, and would authorize the FTC to assess penalties against businesses making unlawful MUSA claims on product labels. The FTC’s request for comment on the Read More …

OCM Submits Comments on FTC “Made in the USA” Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2020   Media Contact: Ben Gotschall bgotschall@competitivemarkets.com 402-540-1342   OCM Submits Comments on FTC “Made in the USA” Rule Ag Producer Group Outlines Inconsistencies with Meat Labeling LINCOLN, NE: Today, the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) submitted public comments on a proposed rule that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would use to strengthen its enforcement program and help businesses understand and comply with Made in the USA (MUSA) labeling law. The proposed rule Read More …

Action Needed: FTC Seeks Comments for “Made in the USA” Proposed Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking comments for its proposed rule regarding “Made in the USA” claims on product labels. The proposed rule comes after a public workshop held by the FTC in September of 2019, which collected public comments and stakeholder input.  The FTC produced a staff report released in June of 2020 detailing the workshop, the comments received and the findings of the FTC’s research on the matter. OCM has long been fighting for effective Read More …

OCM Releases Report on Regulatory Capture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2020   Media Contact: Ben Gotschall bgotschall@competitivemarkets.com 402-540-1342   Organization for Competitive Markets Releases Report on Regulatory Capture White paper reveals ag industry and government are too close for comfort LINCOLN, NE: The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) has released a report on regulatory agency capture entitled “Captured: How Agribusiness Controls Regulatory Agencies and Harms Producers and Consumers.” The 25-page paper details the revolving door between major agribusiness firms and the regulatory agencies Read More …

‘An industry gone bankrupt’: Weld County lamb producers to feel impact of Mountain States Rosen closure

by Anne Delaney Source: The Greeley Tribune When the Mountain States Rosen lamb plant in Greeley announced its closure last month, the transaction was projected to have a major effect on the lamb industry nationwide. The implications of the plant shutdown are already being felt in Weld County where as many as 300,000 lambs per year are kept on feedlots. Feedlots are where the lambs are fattened up before moving to slaughter at Mountain States Rosen, which was the Read More …

DOJ asked to investigate JBS lamb facility acquisition

by Jacqui Fatka Source: Feedstuffs JBS USA Holdings Inc. closed on its purchase of the rancher-owned Mountain States Rosen lamb processing facility in Greeley, Colo., but a number of congressional leaders from five western states as well as industry groups have asked U.S. Department of Justice assistant attorney general Makan Delrahim to investigate the acquisition. The COVID-19 pandemic severely damaged foodservice sales and consumer demand for American lamb, as foodservice dine-in sales account for more than 50% of Read More …