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.pngKeep up the pressure! We need to shore up the work that our allies are doing on the hill!

Right now the Senate Agriculture Committee is considering Farm Bill legislation that would change the structure and authority of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and make it easier for industrial operations to cash in on organic at the expense of family farmers. The NOSB is at the heart of the transparent, democratic process that upholds the integrity of the organic seal. Changes that weaken the NOSB could be the end of organic as we know it.

 

 


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may2018farmbill_30339199_(1).pngWe’ve got a big problem here in Washington: one that could harm farmers and communities around the country. The House of Representatives is poised to vote on the 2018 Farm Bill in the coming days, and folks, this bill is bad.

In short, this is the worst farm bill ever – if it passes, it could set our shared movement back decades!

The good news? It hasn’t passed yet. There’s still time to get a better farm bill done this year.

 

 

 

 

 


april-farm-bill_28990161.pngSo much good is happening in the sustainable agriculture movement today. Farmers are adopting smart conservation practices like cover crops and pollinator habitat at a rapid clip. Demand is skyrocketing for fresh, healthy food from local sources - and farmers are growing to meet that demand. Farmers of color are gaining long-overdue seats at the table and beginning farmers are entering the field nationwide.