Category: Industry Brief

OCM: Complaint Filed Over Oklahoma Beef Council and Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Illegally Influencing Checkoff Vote

by OCM staff | October 3, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 3, 2017 Already riddled in scandal, OBC and OCA continue to break the law TONKAWA, OK – Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Inspector General following the discovery that the Oklahoma Beef Council has

OCM: Over 250,000 Farmers, Organizations, and Businesses Urge Congress to Pass Meaningful Checkoff Program Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2017 Media Contacts: Bill Bullard, 406-252-2516, Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552, Over 250,000 Farmers, Organizations, and Businesses Urge Congress to Pass Meaningful Checkoff Program Reform WASHINGTON, D.C. – In letters to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, more than 80 organizations, representing over 250,000 ranchers, farmers and businesses called

York News-Times: NCBA, what’s the deal?

Kerry Hoffschneider Apr 11, 2017 It is important for the farming and ranching community as well as the general public to know about the efforts of the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) as they continue to move forward to uncover what is truly going on with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) use of Beef

Colorado Democrats Defeat Effort to Reinstate COOL

Denver, Colo. – Yesterday, the Democratic leadership of the Colorado General Assembly’s House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee, Chair Jeni James Arndt and Vice-chair Diane Mitsch Bush, led the defeat of a measure that would have informed Colorado consumers of the origins of beef they purchase for themselves and their families. In a 7

OCM Press Release: USDA Claims Confidentiality for 12,000 Pages of Federal Checkoff Spending Records

April 3, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCM Moves Forward in Freedom of Information Case despite USDA’s Attempt to Conceal NCBA’s Abuses of Beef Checkoff Funds LINCOLN, NE – March 31, 2017 was the USDA’s court-ordered deadline to choose transparency or secrecy in a lawsuit over records from an audit initiated in 2011 of the federal

OCM: U.S. Senate Leaders Reintroduce Commodity Checkoff Reform Legislation

March 28, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal lawmakers reintroduced legislation today to bring much needed transparency and accountability to the federal government’s commodity checkoff programs. The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, S. 741, was introduced by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ),

R-CALF USA: Cattle Groups Support a Sonny Perdue/Charles Herbster USDA Team

Billings, Mont. – In a joint letter sent today to President Donald J. Trump, several local, state and national cattle trade associations urge the appointment of Sonny Perdue as the nation’s next Agriculture Secretary and Charles W. Herbster as his Deputy Secretary. Perdue, a former governor of Georgia, previously practiced veterinary medicine and started three

Embezzlement Investigation in Oklahoma Adds to Oversight Questions of Federal Beef Promotion Program

By Joe Wertz & Harvest Public Media Federal authorities are investigating the alleged embezzlement of $2.6 million dollars from an obscure Oklahoma board that promotes the beef industry. The investigation and related lawsuits add to questions about oversight of a national program funded by fees charged to ordinary farmers and ranchers. To listen: click here.

GIPSA rule implementation delayed, comment period extended

I don’t buy it!!

-by Stephen Anderson Back in 2014, all the experts, referred to as specialists nowadays, were predicting fantastic cattle prices through 2018. Years of low cattle prices, extended drought and ranchers retiring or just giving up, had reduced the cowherd to near 70 year lows. Farm and ranch publications were packed with rosy predictions by everyone