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OCM: A slap in the face to rural America and America’s farmers and ranchers

Friends, This morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced it will withdraw the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Final Rule and take no further action on the proposed rule, Unfair Practices and Undue Preferences in Violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act. Thus far, no action has been




The Progressive Farmer: USDA to Withdraw GIPSA Rule

by Todd Neeley | 10/17/2017 Agency Action Draws Praise, Outrage OMAHA (DTN) — USDA is set to withdraw the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, or GIPSA, rule, according to a notice set for publication in the Federal Register on Wednesday. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who has been pushing for GIPSA implementation for years, just




Farm Futures: GIPSA rule changes thrown out by Trump administration

Oct 17, 2017 NPPC, NCBA, NCC pleased with the decision; OCM and Center for Rural Affairs ask Trump to immediately implement. NFU pledges to work with Congress to change. USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced today it will withdraw the Farmer Fair Practices Interim Final Rule, Scope of Sections 202(a) and (b)




Brownfield Ag News for America: Trump Administration withdraws GIPSA rule

By Julie Harker | October 17, 2017 The Trump administration has withdrawn regulations written last year by the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, GIPSA – That move is being applauded by the largest livestock groups but highly criticized by smaller ones. National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) applauds the withdrawal of the “so-called” Farmer




New Food Economy: Big Meat just won a 100-year battle. Wait, what?

by Joe Fassler, H. Claire Brown | October 17th , 2017 On Tuesday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it was withdrawing the Farmer Fair Practice rules—or the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (“GIPSA”) rules, as they’re more commonly known—effectively saying, “Know what? Never mind.” It was a devastating blow to




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