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Ag Journal | Concern for small farms fits broader policy shift

Ag Journal By Candace Krebs Earlier this year Sarah Lloyd, a dairy farmer who works for Wisconsin Farmers Union, organized a national roadshow that included a stop in Clovis, N.M., to rally solutions for what many now consider a full-blown dairy crisis. The problem she wanted to highlight wasn’t a shortage of milk. The U.S. is producing more milk per cow than ever before. But what Lloyd refers to as “no brakes” expansion is pushing out traditional family Read More …

USA Today | A nonprofit promoting dairy pays leaders millions — while farmers funding it go out of business

USA Today Cary Spivak As the number of dairy farms nationwide has plummeted by nearly 20,000 over the past decade, there’s one corner of the industry doing just fine: The top executives at Dairy Management, who are paid from farmers’ milk checks. The Illinois-based nonprofit is charged with promoting milk, cheese and other products – spending nearly $160 million a year collected through federally-mandated payments from dairy farmers. In 2017, a year in which 503 dairy farms closed in Wisconsin and 1,600 were shuttered nationwide, IRS records Read More …

Corrupt Brazilian Meatpacker Announces Buying Spree on U.S. Taxpayer Dime

While all our eyes are on a trade war with China, Brazilian behemoth meatpacker JBS is positioned to swoop in and take over U.S. markets with our own bailout money. This week, as reported in Meatingplace, JBS officials informed the world that JBS is “at the best moment in its history…to capture market opportunities. Exclusive organic growth is no longer a priority.” JBS will grow by taking over other companies, further strengthening its stranglehold on the market. JBS Read More …

Congressional Letter Urges USDA to Prioritize Producers Under Packers and Stockyards Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) praises Senators Tester and Grassley and Congresswoman Kaptur, along with 14 of their colleagues, for sending U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Ibach a letter outlining farmers’ rights that should be addressed when drafting new farmer protection rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 (P&S Act). As a result of a recent OCM lawsuit, USDA released a notice of proposed rulemaking this Spring and it is Read More …

August 8-10, 2019: 21st Annual Food and Agriculture Conference and Membership Meeting

#FoodAndAg2019 Join us for the only national conference focused on breaking up corporate consolidation and monopoly power in agriculture. Marriott Kansas City Airport 775 Brasilia Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64153 Reserve your room at the OCM conference rate of $102 per night by booking online or calling (816) 464-2200. Rooms are available at the discounted rate until 7/19/19. REGISTER NOW >> This year’s conference is a two-day gathering of experts and advocates from across the United States for a rare opportunity Read More …

August 2, 2019: #AgJustice Webinar with Open Markets Institute

Our #AgJustice webinar series continues on August 2nd at 10:00 AM CT with Claire Kelloway from the Open Markets Institute. This is a presentation exclusively for OCM members that you won’t want to miss. Claire will outline how the courts, lawmakers, and academics have reinterpreted antitrust laws to allow for unfettered mergers and unprecedented concentration across the entire economy, especially in agriculture. From seeds, to processing, to retail, growing consolidation and anti-competitive tactics across the food chain are squeezing Read More …

Feedstuffs | Former poultry farmers push for GIPSA rewrite

Feedstuffs By Jacqui Fatka Former contract poultry farmer Craig Watts made headlines when he teamed up with Compassion in World Farming USA to expose issues he faced, from receiving sick chicks to animal welfare conditions to carrying the full financial burden of maintaining and upgrading facilities. In 2016, his contract was terminated by the poultry company he had served long term, and today’s he’s trying to ensure that farmers have government protection against retaliation from companies. “As American farmers, we deserve Read More …

Family Farmers Go to Washington, Cry Foul Over Meat Industry Abuse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Media Contact: Adam Hymans, adam@resource-media.org, 215.796.7759 Photos, videos and backgrounders: https://tinyurl.com/standwithfarmfamiliesassets  [WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 16, 2019]  — Family farmers and advocates from the country’s top agricultural states took to Capitol Hill this week to expose what they say has been decades of abuse by the nation’s largest meat companies. At a press conference on Tuesday, the group launched its Stand With Farm Families campaign, sharing harrowing accounts of predatory contracts, rigged markets and retaliation Read More …