OCM’s lawsuit against USDA is just the beginning

OCM members and supporters,
Last week, OCM and three brave individual farmer plaintiffs sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture for illegally selling out America’s family farmers and ranchers. We are fighting to overturn the Trump administration’s unlawful rollback of the Farmer Fair Practices (GIPSA) Rules, which were intended to shield farmers and ranchers from predatory and retaliatory practices by big agribusiness corporations. Democracy Forward, a nonprofit legal group that is representing us in the case, said this is one of the highest stakes policy fights that they’ve taken on as an organization.
The lawsuit has already brought an unprecedented amount of press attention to the problem of monopoly power in agriculture and the plight of family farmers and ranchers. The story was picked up in U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, Washington Post, ABC News, NPR, and more than 100 regional outlets so far. Now that we’ve got the media’s attention, we’re going to use this opportunity in the coming months to make sure the public truly understands what’s at stake.
As Politico reported, as we sought plaintiffs for our case we talked with dozens of farmers and ranchers with truly heartbreaking stories of the pain they’ve suffered, but most had to decline to join the lawsuit out of fear of retaliation from the large corporations they deal with. However, we are committed to making sure their stories – and yours – are heard. We are launching an extensive communications campaign to stop the injustice.
If you have a story to share about unfair, predatory or retaliatory practices you’ve experienced, whether you’d like to do that publicly or anonymously, we will help you get the word out. Send us an email at info@competitivemarkets.com, give us a call at 614-390-7552, or share your story anonymously using the following form on our website: http://competitivemarkets.com/yourstory. We are not going to waste this opportunity to shine a spotlight on corporate agribusiness abuses, nor the government’s complicity.
Thank you for all you do,
Angela Huffman
Director of Communications and Research
Organization for Competitive Markets

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