Month: October 2019

Shell Game Diverts Millions of Farm Tax Dollars to Kansas Lobbying Group, Threatening Beef Checkoff Program

Briefing Paper | Shell Game Diverts Millions of Farm Tax Dollars to Kansas Lobbying Group, Threatening Beef Checkoff Program October 9, 2019 OCM Staff Read Our Briefing Paper: Shell Game Diverts Millions of Farm Tax Dollars to Kansas Lobbying Group, Threatening Beef Checkoff Program Under federal law, every head of cattle sold incurs a $1.00…



Humane groups applaud effort to reform Kansas beef checkoff program

Press Release October 10, 2019 Humane groups applaud effort to reform Kansas beef checkoff program The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund applaud efforts by independent Kansas cattle producers to reform the Kansas beef checkoff program, currently administered by the Kansas Beef Council, in concert with the Kansas Livestock…



Ranchers Rally for Fair Markets, Take Beef Checkoffs to Court

Ranchers Rally for Fair Markets, Take Beef Checkoffs to Court October 11, 2019 by Open Markets Researcher and Reporter Claire Kelloway for Food & Power Last week, nearly 500 cattle producers from 14 states rallied in Omaha, Nebraska to denounce corporate control over cattle markets and to demand that the Trump administration do something to…



Vox – A champion of the unplugged, earth-conscious life, Wendell Berry is still ahead of us

A champion of the unplugged, earth-conscious life, Wendell Berry is still ahead of us The writer and farmer’s impassioned arguments on farming, technology, and the urban-rural divide have taken on a new urgency. By Hope Reese October 9, 2019 9:41 am Wendell Berry, 85, on his farm in Port Royal, Kentucky. He left his budding…



OCM is pushing forward with three related policy priorities — Checkoff Reform, Packers & Stockyards Reform, JBS

Dear OCM member, Following on the heels of our Rally to Stop the Stealin’, which brought together nearly 500 fired-up ranchers from across the country last week in Omaha to demand fair and just markets, OCM is pushing forward with three related policy priorities. Checkoff Program Reform: OCM along with the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association staged…



TIME.com: Yes, America Is Rigged. Here Is What I Learned From Reporting on Koch Industries

Yes, America Is Rigged. Here Is What I Learned From Reporting on Koch Industries Charles Koch, head of Koch Industries, talks about his new book on Feb. 26, 2007. Wichita Eagle—MCT/ Getty Images By Christopher Leonard September 26, 2019 IDEAS Leonard is the author of Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power…



Feedstuffs – Thousands urge USDA to act on GIPSA rule

branex/iStock/Thinkstock Thousands urge USDA to act on GIPSA rule More than 84,000 petition signatures seek action to protect livestock and poultry farmers. Oct 11, 2019 In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its intent to publishanew rule under the Packers & Stockyards Act (PSA), also known as the GIPSA rule. The rule would specify…



Court documents show beef checkoff sends millions to cattle lobby

Court documents show beef checkoff sends millions to cattle lobby By Leah Douglas, October 10, 2019 Facebook Twitter Email Newly released documents in a lawsuit between a group of independent Montana cattle ranchers and the USDA show that millions of dollars from an industry marketing fund are being diverted to the top cattle lobby, which…



KCA Requests Kansas Legislature Support Disqualifying KLA as Qualified State Beef Council

KCA Requests Kansas Legislature Support Disqualifying KLA as Qualified State Beef Council Contact Tyler Dupy Telephone 785-238-1483 Cell 785-209-2584 Email cowsrus Website www.kansascattlemen.com October 10, 2019 Topeka, KS – Kansas Cattlemen’s Association (KCA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) released a briefing document outlining how Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) is operating under the trade…



Drovers: Commentary: Industry Insiders Doing the Bidding Of Agribusiness Again!

Commentary: Industry Insiders Doing the Bidding Of Agribusiness Again! Wes Shoemyer October 8, 2019 The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of Wes Shoemyer, a farmer from Monroe County, Missouri. In a big ag hit piece “Identity Theft: How #FairCattleMarkets Was Hijacked” published in Drovers October 3rd, the authors (Kate Miller and Kim Hardan)…