Now more than ever, family farmers from all agricultural sectors – along with consumers – must come together and unite in the effort to stop corporate control of agriculture. American families want their food produced by family farmers who care about them and the food and fiber as well as the animals produced to feed their families, not multinational and foreign corporations.
It has been my opinion for some time now that nothing will change until we come together in the numbers needed to hold the attention of Congress and demand that they quit pandering to the multinational corporations and get out of the pockets of those corporations. We have been working to achieve this task since I became President of OCM and that will continue to be our major focus until things change for the better for American family farmers.
Looking back over the past year, I am proud of our accomplishments on this front. OCM has organized and is leading a collaboration that represents over 250,000 family farmers and millions of consumers working to defund industrial agriculture’s lock on $750,000,000 of federal funds through meaningful commodity checkoff reform represented in two federal bills that have been filed in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. We are engaged in blocking state initiatives to increase checkoff taxes and we recently defeated an attempt by big agribusiness interests in Oklahoma, and we continue to fight to get to the truth about NCBA’s checkoff activities through our FOIA lawsuit. We have held two successful Congressional Briefings to educate lawmakers on our issues, and we met with the U.S. Department of Justice to explain the devastating impacts of the pending Bayer-Monsanto mega-merger. We continue to fight for the enactment of meaningful GIPSA rules. Most recently, Senator Rand Paul’s office has reached out to us for advice in drafting new legislation that will help level the playing field for U.S. family farmers.
There is no doubt we are making progress, yet as we gain momentum, our opponents are pushing back harder than ever.
This is why I am excited to announce that a generous OCM supporter is willing to match up to $5,000 for every dollar in contributions we receive during the month of November. For every dollar that is contributed to our efforts through new memberships, renewals, and donations, another dollar will be matched by an OCM supporter.
Now is the time to join us, renew your membership, or contribute however you can. Please help us spread the word by asking your friends and neighbors to join the fight.