Registration is open for OCM’s 19th Annual Food & Agriculture Conference & Membership Meeting


Join us and learn how you can take action to stop the extinction of America’s family farmers and our traditional agricultural practices.


Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton – KCI

7640 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway

Kansas City, MO 64153

Click here for reservation information.

Conference: Friday, August 11 from 1:00pm-5:00pm, and Saturday, August 12 from 8:30am-5:30pm

Membership Meeting with Election of Directors: Sunday, August 13 at 8:00am

In our first session, on Friday afternoon, John Ikerd will talk about globalized industrial agriculture’s failing. We will continue with the problem of market concentration and its impacts on producers.

FRIDAY EVENING BANQUET SPEAKER: Wes Jackson, President Emeritus of The Land Institute

In our second session, on Saturday morning, we will take a deep-dive into the threat of recent and pending agribusiness mergers, economic impact on rural communities and main streets, and food fraud.

SATURDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKER: Lillian Salerno, Chair of Family Farm Action and former Deputy Undersecretary for Policy for Rural Development, USDA

The third session, on Saturday afternoon, will offer us a call to action. We will discuss current litigation and lawsuits, state and federal checkoff program reform, country of origin labeling, holding the market accountable, good food purchasing policy, and new state inspection systems that replace onerous and failed big packer USDA programs.

SOME OF OUR CONFERENCE SPEAKERS (in alphabetical order):

John W. Boyd, Jr., President of the National Black Farmers Association
Dudley Butler, Farm and Ranch Law Group, PLLC, former Administrator of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
Webster Davis, Chair of the Agriculture Committee for the Missouri Chapter of the NAACP
Ben Ezzell, Attorney, Enid, OK City Council
Greg Gunthorp, 4th generation hog farmer, owner of Gunthorp Farms
Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, Author of Foodopoly
Mary Hendrickson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Rural Sociology, University of Missouri
John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri
Wes Jackson, President Emeritus of The Land Institute
Barry C. Lynn, Director, Open Markets program, New America Foundation
Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Dennis Olson, Senior Research Associate, Food & Agricultural Policy at United Food & Commercial Workers International Union
Matt Penzer, Adjunct Professor and litigation consultant on animal law issues
Lillian Salerno, Chair of Family Farm Action and former Deputy Undersecretary for Policy for Rural Development, USDA
Anim Steel, Founder of Real Food Generation

Please join us for an exciting and motivating weekend. Click here for more information and to register.

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