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Checkoff Reform Amendment Withdrawn Amidst Failing House Farm Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2018 Checkoff Reform Amendment Withdrawn Amidst Failing House Farm Bill Today, U.S. Representatives Brat (R-VA) and Blumenauer (D-OR) withdrew from debate their checkoff reform amendment on the House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 …

Top 10 Most Egregious Checkoff Program Abuses

A bipartisan amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill has been filed to reform the commodity checkoff programs. The Brat-Blumenauer Amendment No. 71 establishes restrictions and requirements for checkoff programs to ensure transparency and accountability. Checkoff programs may not engage in any act that may involve a conflict of interest, anti-competitive activity, unfair or deceptive act or practice, or act that may be disparaging to, or in any way negatively portray, another agricultural commodity or product. Read More …

OCM Applauds Brat-Blumenauer Checkoff Reform Amendment to Farm Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2018 OCM Applauds Brat-Blumenauer Checkoff Reform Amendment to Farm Bill Today, U.S. Representatives Brat (R-VA) and Blumenauer (D-OR) filed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would provide much-needed government accountability and transparency for the Commodity Research and Promotion Programs (checkoffs). The bipartisan amendment would ensure the authorizing checkoff laws prevent conflicts of interest, anticompetitive activities that harm other commodities, and governing boards of the checkoff programs from contracting with organizations that engage Read More …

The Flawed European Remedy to Bayer-Monsanto Deal

By Allen Grunes and Maurice Stucke Farmers in the United States have been battered for years by the rising costs of seeds and chemicals. It looks like things are only going to get worse. There were news reports last week that the U.S. Justice Department has reached an “agreement in principle” to give the green light to Bayer AG’s acquisition of rival Monsanto Co. Bayer is the second largest supplier of pesticides worldwide, and is an important global seed company. Monsanto is Read More …

Farm Tax Dollars Used Illegally to Influence Ohio’s Governor Race

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2018 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 [email protected] Farm Tax Dollars Used Illegally to Influence Ohio’s Governor Race Farm Groups Call on Governor Kasich to Stop the Illicit Expenditure of Farmers’ Tax Dollars on Lobbying and Electioneering Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Beef Council, a state agency of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, illegally used government property to promote a fundraiser for the Mike DeWine gubernatorial campaign. On April 6, 2018, the Ohio Beef Read More …

Organizing Farm Communities to Stop Rep. King’s Attack

By Laura Kington As a seasonal farm employee and food system advocate, my post-grad years have consistently revolved around three seasons: planting, harvesting, and conference-ing. The last two years, I’ve worked at a flower farm on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, the city where I grew up and where I remained after graduating from the Ohio State University’s College of Food and Ag., and the year prior to that I had my first season farming on a mixed Read More …

OCM Support for Petition for Rulemaking on Definitions of “Beef” and “Meat”

The Organization for Competitive Markets submitted the following comments in support of Petition 18-01 filed by United States Cattlemen’s Association to exclude products not derived directly from animals raised and slaughtered from the definition of “beef” and “meat.” OCM recognizes the value U.S. consumers place on accurate, transparent labeling in making their food choices. Many of America’s family farmers and ranchers have been able to sustain the profitability of their independent family farms and ranches by recognizing consumer Read More …

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

PRESS STATEMENT Monday, April 9, 2018 DOJ Approval of Bayer-Monsanto Mega-Merger Hangs Farmers Out to Dry Today, The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to allow Bayer AG’s mega-deal to acquire 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 Read More …