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From OCM’s President: A reflection on a year of change for both OCM and our nation.

Greetings fellow Producers and Consumers, As I begin to write this report, I must reflect on what a year of change for both OCM and our nation! Nationally with the change of administration we have witnessed new and renewed initiatives to uphold and strengthen independent production agriculture and consumer food security. Also, we are thankful to our Congressional constituents for their growing awareness and actions regarding the plight of family agriculture and its devastating effects to rural communities. Read More …

Presentation to: National Association of State Meat Inspectors

October 26, 2021 First let me thank you for inviting us to plead our case at your convention. I want to especially thank Doctor James Dillon. I’m not sure whether I should refer to him as Doctor Dillon or Colonel Dillon, but we especially appreciate his tolerance and help for our cause over the last couple of years. For twenty-two years now, OCM has been about advocating for open, transparent, competitive, and fair agricultural markets; for both the Read More …

Organization for Competitive Markets thanks Senators for S2036 Sponsorship 

Media Contact: Mike Eby meby@competitivemarkets.com 717-799-0057 LINCOLN, NE: Organization for Competitive Markets, OCM very much supports the legislative efforts of Senator Rounds, Tester, and Grassley’s Senate Bill (S.2036) to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921.  This Act also cited as the ‘‘Meat Packing Special Investigator Act’ will establish an office of a special investigator to investigate and prosecute violations of transparent competition within the livestock industry.  OCM applauds this long-overdue legislation to establish an “Office of Read More …

July 9, 2021 – OCM Vice-President Stokes quoted in Bloomberg

By Deena Shanker, Bloomberg/Newsroom <dshanker@bloomberg.net> Currently, if a farmer wants to sue a company for anti-competitive behavior under the act, the farmer would need to show the company’s actions hurt not only him, but the entire industry. That creates a very high bar that the Obama rules would have lowered. But the Trump administration withdrew the rules, leaving groups like the Organization for Competitive Markets disappointed. Fred Stokes, the founder of OCM, and a cattle rancher in Porterville, Read More …

OCM OPEN Annual Membership Meeting

August 21, 2021 Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza 505 N. 5th Street Rapid City, SD Hotel Reservations:  Holiday Inn (605) 348-4000 or Howard Johnson (605) 737-4656 Ask for the ‘R-CALF USA’ Rate ($119.00) We will be forgoing our usual Convention this year, but in compliance with our bylaws, will have an Open Annual Membership Meeting in Rapid City, SD on June 21st.  This will follow R-CALF USA’s annual convention which many of our board directors and members will be Read More …

OCM’s Press Conference of OFF ACT to reform USDA’s Runaway Checkoff Program, Washington, D.C. – June 30, 2021

OCM’s Press Conference of OFF ACT to reform USDA’s Runaway Checkoff Program, Washington, D.C. – June 30, 2021 The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act will bring much-needed accountability and transparency to USDA’s checkoff programs which have operated without sufficient oversight for far too long,” said Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev. “Family farmers should not be forced to pay into organizations that sometimes lobby against their interests and threaten animal welfare.”  “The USDA’s Checkoff Program was supposed to ensure American Read More …

Reps. Dina Titus and Nancy Mace Applauded by Sustainable Agriculture and Animal Welfare Leaders for Introducing OFF Act to Reform USDA’s Runaway Checkoff Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM), Animal Wellness Action (AWA), Animal Wellness Foundation (AWF), and National Dairy Producers Organization (NDPO) applauded U.S. Reps. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C. for introducing the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, designed to reform and bring accountability and transparency to reform the USDA’s Commodity Checkoff Programs that have long been plagued by scandal after scandal for misappropriation of funds, lack of transparency, and misusing farmer and rancher tax dollars Read More …