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· NCBA Exposes Relationship of OCM and HSUS
· OCM Pressuring Administration And Congress To Fix Markets And Replace Ag Secretary
NCBA Exposes Relationship of OCM and HSUS
Ethan Lane, NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs
via Tri-State Livestock News - October 3, 2019
WASHINGTON (Oct. 3, 2017) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs, Ethan Lane, today released the following statement in response to a Nebraska rally demanding government intervention to alleviate price disparities impacting cattle markets:
“Yesterday, an HSUS-funded organization called the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) held a rally in Omaha, Nebraska entitled the “Rally to Stop the Stealin’ (sic)”. According to OCM, this event was intended to place pressure on the Trump Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to “fix” our cattle markets in response to the price disparity producers are currently having to endure.
“First and foremost, I think it’s important to make clear – once again – that these producers have every right to be angry. Down markets are horrible, and can leave a wake of financial and operational hardships that can persist for years after the boards in Chicago have moved on. Our stance remains consistent: NCBA is committed to the USDA’s investigation into the events surrounding the Holcomb plant fire and stand ready to respond to the results of that investigation to ensure that our members – 95 percent of which are boot-on-the-ground producers – have a fair market in which to thrive. Unfortunately, this continues to be the focus of much of HSUS and OCM’s misinformation and deception campaign. What’s worse, they’ve found willing allies in the leadership of both the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association and R-CALF.
“It’s no secret that our industry is divided at the moment. I’ll be the first to stand up and say that a healthy debate about the future of our industry is appropriate as we see tremendous advances in technology, production practices, conservation, quality, and markets. However, these discussions need to be amongst those who love, work, and make their living in this industry. Regardless of our positions, we must stand together against the onslaught of detractors and dividers that do not care about our internal struggles. These outside forces want to end animal agriculture – full stop. Chief among them HSUS, and anyone who watched yesterday’s rally witnessed that point illustrated in high definition.
“These people have told us who they are. In 2012, OCM President Fred Stokes told a crowd that “…every cowboy out there owes a debt of gratitude to the Humane Society of the United States.” Further, on their website, OCM argues passionately on behalf of HSUS’s work to end our industry. Finally, OCM’s executive director is a well know and unapologetic HSUS operative, as outlined by Protect the Harvest several years ago...
OCM Pressuring Administration And Congress To Fix Markets And Replace Ag Secretary
Radio 570 WNAX (SD)
Oct 4, 2019
A group of around 400 farmers and ranchers rallied in Omaha this week to voice concern about the low prices paid to cattle producers while packers enjoy higher prices. Organization for Competitive Markets Executive Director Joe Maxwell says the rally goers and his group don’t feel the Ag Secretary is backing policies to help them. He says their next step is to rally support at the states and outline their concerns to the President and Congress.
He says the Ag Secretary needs to go because he’s failing America’s farmers and ranchers.
Maxwell says it’s time for the Ag Secretary to be replaced. He also says the President doesn’t likely understand what’s happening with either the Ag Secretary or the economic stress cattle producers are under.
Maxwell says it’s imperative that Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling be reinstated...
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