Food and agribusiness giants have locked up the marketplace through a business model that contains key tools of control that – not unlike the tentacles of a vine – strangle the life out of others.
These tentacles include vertical integration, whereby a corporation takes control of an entire supply chain; abuse of checkoff program funds to build political influence and co-opt the face of the family farmer; and regulatory agency capture, which creates a revolving door between industry and government. In addition, corporate giants take advantage of government subsidies, lending programs, and trade bailouts. These corporate tentacles are strangling the financial lifeblood from farmers, ranchers, and our rural communities.
This year’s OCM conference, August 13-14, 2020, in Oklahoma City will highlight several of these key tentacles, helping participants take action in severing their stranglehold. We will bring together experts and advocates from across the U.S. for a rare opportunity to meet in person, exchange expertise, and plan for the fights ahead as we defend farm families against abusive corporate power.
Please mark your calendar and help us spread the word. This will be a conference you won’t want to miss!
-The OCM Team
Organization For Competitive Markets
P.O. Box 6486
Lincoln, NE 68506