Organization for Competitive Markets: 19th Annual Food and Agriculture Conference and Membership Meeting – August 11-13, 2017

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

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Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton – KCI
7640 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway Kansas City, MO 64153
Reservations may be made under the group name Organization for Competitive Markets at a rate of $119.00/per night. Book your room online or by calling (816) 891-7788.

Conference: Friday, August 11 from 1:00pm-8:00pm, 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 SPEAKERWes 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, concentration’s economic impact on rural communities and main streets, and food fraud.

SATURDAY LUNCHEON SPEAKERLillian 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
  • Mike Callicrate, OCM Director, owner/operator of Ranch Foods Direct
  • Webster Davis, Chair of the Agriculture Committee for the Missouri Chapter of the NAACP
  • Mike Eby, Chair of the National Dairy Producers Organization
  • 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
  • Joe Maxwell, OCM Executive Director
  • 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
  • Mike Weaver, OCM President, President of the Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias

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