FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2020
OCM Hires Mike Eby as Executive Director
Pennsylvania farmer will lead anti-monopoly, pro-competition ag group
LINCOLN, NE: The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) is pleased to announce that it has hired Pennsylvania farmer Mike Eby as its new executive director.
Eby is a seventh-generation farmer whose family has been on their land for 206 years. In 1999, Eby purchased his father’s purebred Holstein herd and milked cows with his wife and four children for 17 years. After selling the dairy cows, Mike and his family transitioned to a red Angus cow/calf operation and also grows corn, beans and wheat.
Eby will continue his role as the chairman of the National Dairy Producers Organization (NDPO), a farmer member nonprofit that works to ensure dairy marketing cooperatives operate for the mutual benefit of producer-members.
Eby has initiated antitrust litigation with fellow dairy farmers against Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the U.S.’s largest dairy cooperative, alleging that DFA, Dean Foods, and Dairy Marketing Services engaged in anti-competitive milk marketing practices for 12 years that harmed the farmer-members of the cooperative. The suit is pending in U.S. District Court in Vermont and has brought forth an amicus brief from the U.S. Department of Justice, which argued in favor of the dairy farmers.
“As OCM’s executive director, I am looking forward to working with like-minded organizations to restore competition within the agriculture marketplace,” Eby said.
Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) is a membership-based research and advocacy organization working for transparent, fair and truly competitive agricultural and food markets.