by Richard Oswald They used to make miracles come true. I walked in the door, home from harvest for the evening, and came face to face with a 76 year old Hollywood miracle. I know, the wonders they create are only dreams, but every time Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on the living room TV set I have to stop and think. Most of us know the story of Smith, the naïve young leader of a group known Read More …
Tag: Packers & Stockyards Act
Briefing Paper: Money Talks, but Its Language Is Vulgar
With a highly-concentrated industry and uncontrolled lobbying on elected officials, there is no way for ordinary people to expect their voices to be heard over the sounds of spending by huge vested interests. This document provides an overview of agribusiness spending in the 2016 election cycle. Read more.
Letter to OCM Members and Friends Concerning GIPSA Rules
ocmmemberfriends OCM Members and Friends: For many years there has been unprecedented concentration of the agricultural livestock marketplace with a corresponding decrease in competition and fair prices paid to farmers and ranchers. The result has been devastating to independent family agriculture and rural America. There has recently been a proposed reform effort issued by USDA’s Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). Please read the letter below from OCM Executive Director Fred Stokes to OCM members and Read More …
Briefing Paper: Distorted Incentives: The Simple Arithmetic of Captive Supply
Marketing agreements harm feeders selling on the cash market, and they also harm captive feeders who participate in these marketing agreements. This document explains how these agreements work. Read more.
Briefing Paper: GIPSA and Value-Based Marketing
Value-based marketing, or social responsibility marketing, appeals to consumers’ ethics and values. Proposed GIPSA rules, which would provide basic protections for poultry growers, signal a beginning, not an end to value-based marketing. Read more.
OCM Comments on Proposed GIPSA Rules
taylorgipsa OCM has a strong stand concerning the newly proposed GIPSA rules. Please read the documents below concerning the proposed changes.
OCM Debunks American Meat Institute Analysis
OCMPRAMIComments Organization for Competitive Markets co-authors Robert Taylor and David Domina submitted a sharp rebuttal debunking the American Meat Institute to the Department of Justice and the USDA. The 40-page submission takes to task a year end AMI letter to the Department of Justice and the USDA. AMI claimed all is well and no need esists to examine the structure or function of markets for agricultural products in the United States.
Taylor and Domina Issue Rebuttal to USDA
OCMTaylorresponse Organization for Competitive Markets co-authors Robert Taylor and David Domina responded to the American Meat Institute’s analysis by submitting a 40-page rebuttal to the Department of Justice and the USDA.