Our advocacy toolkits help OCM members and supporters take individual action that in concert brings about positive changes in our food system.
Federal Checkoff Program Reform Campaign Toolkit
Farmers and ranchers are being forced to pay for their own demise and their ultimate extinction. Voice your support for checkoff program reform at the state and federal levels to help restore opportunity for U.S. family farmers and ranchers. See our toolkit.
Demand Oversight of State Level Beef Checkoff Dollars Campaign Toolkit
Ask your State Auditor, Attorney General and Budget Committee to audit the federal beef checkoff dollars in your state. Under the federal Beef Checkoff Program, each state’s beef council keeps up to 50 cents of the $1 federally-mandated fee. In 2005, these dollars were declared government taxes rather than producer fees, yet unlike other federal funds handled by the states, they are neither audited nor appropriated. Demand your tax dollars be audited and appropriated. See our toolkit.
Stop the Bayer+Monsanto Merger
There is a merger wave currently underway among the world’s agricultural giants that produce the chemicals and seeds our family farmers need. When they are done, the market will be dominated by two large and two smaller companies — spelling disaster for American farmers and consumers who will see food costs go up and innovation decline. See our toolkit.
Restore Our Democracy Through Enforcement of Antitrust Laws
Today, our government, through lack of enforcement of our antitrust laws, has granted monopolistic opportunity to a few multi-national corporations. The failure of our government to fully enforce marketplace safeguards – the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act and the Packers and Stockyards Act – is denying Americans their opportunity to have their piece of the American Dream and is a threat to our very democracy. See our toolkit.