Pennsylvania farmer will lead anti-monopoly, pro-competition ag group
The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) is pleased to announce that it has hired Pennsylvania farmer Mike Eby as its new executive director.
Eby is a seventh-generation farmer whose family has been on their land for 206 years. In 1999, Eby purchased his father’s purebred Holstein herd and milked cows with his wife and four children for 17 years. After selling the dairy cows, Mike and his family transitioned to a red Angus cow/calf operation and also grows corn, beans and wheat.
Eby has initiated antitrust litigation with fellow dairy farmers against Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the U.S.’s largest dairy cooperative, alleging that DFA, Dean Foods, and Dairy Marketing Services engaged in anti-competitive milk marketing practices for 12 years that harmed the farmer-members of the cooperative. The suit is pending in U.S. District Court in Vermont and has brought forth an amicus brief from the U.S. Department of Justice, which argued in favor of the dairy farmers.
“As OCM’s executive director, I am looking forward to working with like-minded organizations to restore competition within the agriculture marketplace,” Eby said.