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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




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




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




KTIC Radio: Group Requests More Government Control of Checkoff Programs

by Joe Gangwish | September 21, 2017 A group challenging the administration of checkoff programs in agriculture has asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for a meeting to make its case for transparency and more federal control of those programs. In a letter to Perdue on Wednesday, Mike Weaver, president of the Organization for




The Progressive Farmer: Group Wants Meeting with Perdue

By Todd Neeley | September 20, 2017 OCM Requests More Government Control of Programs OMAHA (DTN) — A group challenging the administration of checkoff programs in agriculture has asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for a meeting to make its case for transparency and more federal control of those programs. In a letter to




Press Release – OCM to Secretary Perdue: Clean Up Past Administration’s Checkoff Failures

September 20, 2017 | OCM Staff FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2017 Media Contact: Angela Huffman, 614-390-7552 ahuffman@competitivemarkets.com OCM to Secretary Perdue: Clean Up Past Administration’s Checkoff Failures OCM requests meeting with Sonny Perdue, urges reform at AMS LINCOLN, NE – In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the Organization for Competitive Markets




Family Farm Action Unveiled at OCM Conference

By Greg Henderson August 11, 2017 02:02 PM Vowing to fight what it calls the “economic power that a few multi-national corporations have over family farmers and rural America,” the non-profit Family Farm Action was launched today during the Organization for Competitive Markets conference in Kansas City, Mo. Family Farm Action is described as “a




Politico: OCM to launch family farm pac

By JENNY HOPKINSON with help from Helena Bottemiller Evich, Kaitlyn Burton and John Lauinger | 08/11/2017 The Organization for Competitive Markets — a group that advocates against consolidation in the agriculture sector — is starting a PAC today. It will “support candidates who stand up for independent family farms and our rural communities” for state




The Hill: Agriculture giants Bayer, Monsanto merging could ruin American farmers

By John Boyd and Mike Weaver | 06/18/17 02:00 PM EDT Earlier this year, we planted our crops — soybeans, corn, and wheat — and began feeding our spring chickens. Farmers like us have been doing this for generations. But next year, when we turn to our spring tasks again, the entire farming economy will




NPR: Farmers Take Out Millions In Loans To Raise Chickens For Big-Box Retailers

by Grant Gerlock | June 22, 20174:08 PM ET Tim Mueller has raised corn and soybeans on 530 acres near Columbus, Neb., for decades, but now he is planning to take a huge gamble. The big-box retailer Costco is building a new chicken-processing plant in Fremont, Neb., about an hour away from Mueller’s farm. The