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Tell USDA: Stop Allowing Imported Meat to be Mislabeled “Product of U.S.A.”

Do you want a food system in which the biggest cheaters win, and global monopolies control our food supply? It’s what we have today. Current USDA policy allows cheap imported meat to be mislabeled “Product of U.S.A.” Global food corporations find it very profitable to deceive U.S. consumers and drive U.S. family farmers and ranchers out of business while our government looks the other way. It’s time to stop this criminal practice, so we at Organization for Competitive Read More …

Unstacking the Deck: A New Agenda to Tame Corruption in Washington

By Rohit Chopra and Julie Margetta Morgan This is an excerpt of Mr. Chopra and Ms. Margetta Morgan’s report, “Unstacking the Deck: A New Agenda to Tame Corruption in Washington.” View the full report on the Roosevelt Institute’s website. U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra will be the banquet speaker at OCM’s 20th Annual Food & Agriculture Conference, August 8-10 in Kansas City, MO. In an October 2017 poll, Americans named “corruption of government officials” as their top fear, Read More …

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 …

Last day for conference early bird rate – Don’t miss “Voices from Our Communities” panel

Today is the last day to reserve your hotel room at a discounted rate for OCM’s 20th Annual Food and Agriculture Conference. Rooms are booking up fast so don’t miss your opportunity to join the discussion on how we can break the corporate stranglehold on our food system. REGISTER AND BOOK YOUR ROOM We’re excited to highlight one of our outstanding panels, “Voices from Our Communities.” This conversation will focus on how market concentration impacts all of us, especially Read More …

Position Announcement: Outreach Coordinator

Location: Remote (residing in Midwestern, Southern or Western states is preferred) Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) is a national, membership-based public policy research and advocacy organization headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. Founded in 1998, OCM is the only national think tank focusing strictly on antitrust and trade policy in agriculture. OCM represents America’s family farmers and ranchers fighting consolidation and corporate control of the food system. A major part of OCM’s effort is directed at providing objective, hard-hitting information 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 …

WNAX | Senators Introduce Amendment to Restrict Checkoff Programs

WNAX By Tom Ritter Organization for Competitive Market members are backing an amendment they hope to get Senators to vote for in the 2018 farm bill. OCM Executive Director Joe Maxwell says it calls for reform to the checkoff program. He says it would make it more transparent for farmers and ranchers. He says the average producer is being hurt by not having a solid and transparent checkoff program in place. Maxwell says they tried to get their 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 August 17, 2018. COMMENT NOW OCM and AGA filed the petition for Read More …