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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 …

In Memoriam of M. L. ‘Cap’ Dierks July 2, 1931 to October 22, 2021

Former Nebraska State Sen. Cap Dierks, a champion for rural America, dies at age 89 Cap was born on July 2, 1932 in O’Neill, NE to Lyle and Alys (Sanders) Dierks. He attended Saint Mary’s Academy in O’Neill and graduated from Ewing High School in 1950. He obtained his BS in animal science from UNL and was a charter member of AGS Fraternity. He served in the US Air Force from 1954 to 1956 during the Korean conflict. Read More …

Beef Industry – Full Measure News

Full Measure News with Lisa Fletcher June 29, 2021 OCM Interviews with Mike Eby and Fred Stokes from DC Fly-In Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson/Sinclair Broadcast Group Sunday, October 31st 2021 If you’ve been to the supermarket lately, you’ve probably noticed the price of meat is going up and fast. But while the price you pay has never been higher, many American cattle ranchers say they’re struggling. We sent Lisa Fletcher to Oklahoma to find out why. When Read More …

The Off Act

The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, H.R. 4291/S. 2861, led by Reps. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C. in the House and Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rand Paul, R-Ky., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. designed to address the corruption and mismanagement of funds at the USDA’s Commodity Checkoff Programs is making progress this year. Both Mace and Gillibrand, are new first-time cosponsors of the legislation and significant leaders in their Read More …

The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) opposes Senate Bill S.3229 known as the Compromise Cattle Market Bill

Media Contact: Mike Eby meby@competitivemarkets.com 717-799-0057 OCM President Vaughn Meyer OCM President, Vaughn Meyer said, “The mission of OCM is to work for transparent, fair and truly competitive agricultural and food markets and S.3229 is merely an extension of the current lack of market transparency which allows packer domination in the market place”. S. 3229 introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Deb Fischer (R- Neb.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is a compromise attempt to Read More …

Recognizing One of Our Own

Marty Irby – Named one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists for 2021 “I’m deeply honored to have been named as one of the top lobbyists in the nation for the third year in a row and am truly grateful for the tireless work that our supporters and my colleagues have dedicated to achieve tangible progress for animals,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action. “While 2021 has been a very challenging, proximity to Capitol Hill and Read More …