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February 26, 2019: #AgJustice Webinar with Dr. Mary Hendrickson

We are starting 2019 with a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity for OCM members. Dr. Mary Hendrickson, University of Missouri, is kicking off our #AgJustice webinar series on February 26th at 11am CDT. Dr. Hendrickson will be speaking about her research on developing a framework for evaluating the fairness of agricultural markets and sharing her expertise on resisting consolidation. How to connect to the webinar An invite was sent by email to OCM members. If you missed it, please contact Read More …

New Bill Would Require USDA to Buy American First

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) announced today she will file legislation to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from lining the pockets of global corporations at the expense of U.S. taxpayers and family farmers. Known as the Buy American Agriculture Act, the bill would require that whenever possible, purchases of agricultural commodities made by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must be from domestically owned enterprises. It would also require the secretary to publish the rationale for Read More …

Brazil’s JBS, the World’s Largest, Most Corrupt Meatpacker, to Receive $22 Million in U.S. Farm Bailout Money

Update: It is now reported that USDA will award 22,331,309 to JBS under the bailout program, rather than the $5 million previously reported. See the USDA Purchase Award Description here.  It has been reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award $5 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to Brazilian-owned meatpacking corporation, JBS, under the bailout program meant to help American farmers hurt by the trade war. In November 2018, Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods rescinded its bid for bailout money after a backlash Read More …

OCM’s Top 10 Stories of 2018

Here are the 10 stories that received the most traffic on the OCM website in 2018. Which issue is most important to you? Share your top pick with us in the comments. 10.  GIPSA is Dead; the Fight for Producer Protections Continues 9.    New Legislation Would Hit Pause on Mega-Mergers 8.    Petition Filed to End USDA Practice of Allowing Imported Meat to be Labeled “Product of U.S.A.” 7.    DOJ Approval of Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Hangs Farmers Out to Dry 6.  Read More …

2018 in Review

As 2018 draws to a close, OCM members and supporters should be proud of the successes we have gained together through our hard work and dedication. Our 20th year has clearly been one of our most impactful yet. Here’s why: OCM’s 20th Annual Food & Agriculture Conference We celebrated our 20th anniversary with a highly successful annual conference in Kansas City, MO. Speakers included Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra and Dr. Ricardo Salvador, director of the Food and Read More …

Video and PowerPoint Presentations from OCM’s 20th Annual Food & Agriculture Conference

The State of Antitrust Law and Future Actions By George Farah, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll,   Intro to Consumer Class Actions By Bill Anderson, Handley & Anderson PLLC   Impact of Retail Concentration on Workers and Farmers (panel discussion) By Dennis Olson, United Food and Commercial Workers   When the Packers Come to Town By Don Stull, PhD, MPH,  University of Kansas   Food System Organization and Community Impacts By Mary Hendrickson, PhD, University of Missouri

Lee Pitts: Or So We Were Told

First printed in the Livestock Market Digest By Lee Pitts Ever since the beef checkoff went into effect on July 18, 1986, we could count on regular “independent survey results” informing us that 70% or more of all cattlemen approved of the beef checkoff. Typical of such glowing report cards was the one that told us that for every beef checkoff dollar collected, cattlemen were receiving back $11.20 in revenue. You’d have to be a complete, knuckle-dragging ignoramus Read More …