The foundation of the Organization for Competitive Markets is to reclaim competitive markets in agriculture for farmers, ranchers and rural communities. True competition reduces the need for economic regulation. Our mission, and our duty, is to define and advocate the proper role of government in the agricultural economy as a regulator and enforcer of rules necessary for markets that are fair, honest, accessible and competitive for all citizens.
Moratorium on Food and Ag Mega-Mergers
We have been working with members of Congress for months to help draft legislation that would finally address America’s monopoly problem. Now, legislation has been filed that would place a moratorium on large agribusiness, food and beverage manufacturing, and grocery retail mergers and acquisitions. Known as the Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2018 (Sen. Booker S.3404/Rep. Pocan H.R. 6800), the legislation would also establish a commission to review mergers, concentration, and market power in those sectors and develop recommendations to establish a fair marketplace for family farmers and their communities. Learn more.
Checkoff Program Reform
OCM has long been a leader of the effort to reform the checkoff tax system. As a result of our efforts, federal courts have questioned the basic premises of the program and through OCM’s Freedom of Information Act request, thousands of documents are in the process of being released to shed the light of day on NCBA’s very dark practices. Further, through OCM’s encouragement, federal lawmakers are working together to end the checkoff programs’ abuses. Learn more.
Enforcing the Packers & Stockyards Act
Today, 71% of America’s poultry growers live below the federal poverty level; 90% of U.S. hog farmers and 41% of U.S. cattle producers have gone out of business, and over 1,000,000 of U.S. family farmers have been driven off the land since 1980. A huge contributor is the fact that an almost 100-year-old antitrust, anti-predatory market practices act is not being enforced. There is something we can do about it; we can demand the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 be strengthened by the enactment and implementation of Farmer Fair Practices Rules which will ensure enforcement. Learn more.
Country of Origin Labeling
To maintain both its lock on the marketplace and its unjust share of the retail price of agricultural goods, industrial agriculture interests must deny transparency in the marketplace. One way they do this is by denying U.S. producers the ability to differentiate their products from those of multi-national industrial agriculture corporations. This not only diminishes U.S. producers’ ability to access the market with their own agricultural goods, but also it prevents the producers from obtaining a fair and just price for their products. Learn more.
Market Access to Campus Foodservice
The three largest cafeteria operators in North America—Sodexo, Aramark, and Compass Group—purchase billions of dollars worth of food every year. Currently, the vast majority of that food comes from Big Food corporations that lock family farmers and ranchers out of the market. Our Campaign for Real Meals calls on these cafeteria operators to reorient their business model away from “Big Food” and toward “Real Food”—food that supports producers, equity, and the environment. Learn more.