The Denver Post: The water under Colorado’s Eastern Plains is running dry as farmers keep irrigating “great American desert”

By Bruce Finley | October 8, 2017 Farmers say they’re trying to wean from groundwater, but admit there are no easy answers amid pressures of corn prices, urban growth and interstate water agreements WRAY — Colorado farmers who defied nature’s limits and nourished a pastoral paradise by irrigating drought-prone prairie are pushing ahead in the



SFGATE: Under pressure, Amish farmers begin to exit dairy business

By AD CRABLE | Oct 7, 2017 LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Elmer Petersheim of Manheim is a typical small Amish dairy farmer in Lancaster County. He has invested heavily in cows and related machinery over the last 17 years. Now, with depressed milk prices seven out of the last eight years, Petersheim is in debt



Barry Lynn on ILSR’s podcast, Building Local Power

Hello friends, The latest episode of ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast is an interview with Barry Lynn of the Open Market Institute. If you want to learn more about the changes in policy that gave rise to today’s monopolies, why their power is both economic and political in nature, and how a new anti-monopoly movement



Meat + Poultry: Group opposes Oklahoma state checkoff fee

by Erica Shaffer | Oct. 5, 2017 TONKAWA, Okla. – The Organization for Competitive Markets is continuing to push back against checkoff fees with its latest complaint filed with the Office of the Inspector General of the US Dept. of Agriculture. The group alleges that the Oklahoma Beef Council and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association are




Food & Power: Big Beef Seeks to Expand its Tax on Oklahoma Ranchers

Did someone forward you this newsletter? Get your own copy by subscribing here. Big Beef Seeks to Expand its Tax on Oklahoma Ranchers​ Big Ag is back on the offensive in Oklahoma, less than a year after voters defeated a bill that would have stripped the state’s residents of their ability to regulate corporate farming.



Capital Press: Groups press USDA on dairy checkoff oversight

by Carol Ryan Dumas | October 2, 2017 Nearly $427 million was collected for the dairy checkoff program in 2016. Dairy farmers are assessed 15 cents per hundredweight of milk they produce and importers are assessed 7.5 cents per hundredweight of milk (or the equivalent) they import. The Organization for Competitive Markets and the National




R-CALF Lists Beneficial Impacts from Beef Checkoff Lawsuit

Media Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard Phone: 406-252-2516; r-calfusa www.r-calfusa.com Ranch Group Lists Beneficial Impacts from Beef Checkoff Lawsuit Billings, Mont. – In a paper issued today titled "The Montana Checkoff Decision: Beneficial Impacts on Montana Ranchers," ranch group R-CALF USA explains how the federal district court ruling in its beef checkoff lawsuit empowers



China Beef Deal

Gilles Stockton responds to China Beef Deal: September 26, 2017 Dear Editor Call me a “wet blanket” or a “Debby Downer” or whatever you might think is the appropriate simile, but I am not too impressed with the China beef deal. China will not be buying that much beef, for the very simple reason that



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




Bipartisan Support for Open Markets’ Fight Against Monopoly

Bipartisan Support for Open Markets’ Fight Against Monopoly Dear Friends, Last week, Open Markets got a shout out from a direction we did not expect. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, in a speech on the Senate floor, wished our new Open Markets Institute luck and nodded to the New Brandeis antimonopoly movement we help to