Farm Bill - Senate Version

The Farm Bill is in full swing. Now that the House has passed their bad Farm Bill, the Senate is set to finalize their version. 

Fortunately, the draft Senate Bill takes a wildly different approach and does not make sweeping cuts to conservation and provides much needed support for Organic. 

The draft bill includes a significant boost in funding for organic research, provisions to address fraudulent organic imports, and funding for organic data collection initiatives. 

It also includes full funding for the organic certification cost-share program, which helps organic family farms thrive and boosts our local economies. 

farmbillorganic_30777659.pngRead more about this draft Farm Bill and the victories secured from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's blog.

Even with these wins, the bill includes an unnecessary statutory change to the NOSB process for reviewing and approving materials for use in organic. Any statutory changes to the NOSB are unnecessary and potentially undermine the integrity of organic.

We do not want to see a harmful Farm Bill amendment reach the Senate floor. The Senate continues to be under intense pressure from lobbyists to weaken the organic standards by making changes to the National Organic Standards Board. 

Take action today and ensure this Bill passes without any changes to the NOSB! 

Call the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

*Enter your zip code to connect with your Senators.

Ask to speak with the staffer who works on agriculture or leave a message with whoever answers the phone. Use these talking points:

  • I’m calling as a constituent and as a representative from x business/organization (describe size of farm or business, annual sales, or # of members if appropriate). 
  • I am calling to thank the Senator XX for his/her leadership to grow and protect organic agriculture in XX state and nationwide. I want to express support for Senate Farm Bill provisions that boost in funding for organic research, address fraudulent organic imports, and provide full funding for the organic certification cost-share program, which helps organic family farms thrive and boosts our local economies. 
  • I am also calling to urge Senator XX to oppose any attempts to weaken the organic standards in the Farm Bill. First and foremost, I urge Senator XX to oppose any changes to the National Organic Standards Board.