Contact your U.S. Senators about funding organic

With sequestration officially in effect as of March 1, non-defense discretionary spending—including organic priorities—will automatically be cut by about 13 percent. Adding insult to injury, the federal government is only funded through March 27. If Congress does not pass what is known as a “continuing resolution” (CR) by then, the federal government will shut down on March 28.  Last week, the House passed a bill that would continue funding the federal government through Sept. 30, 2013, incorporating sequestration cuts and reducing non-defense discretionary spending by approximately 13 percent over the rest of the fiscal year. The Senate will consider its version of the continuing resolution this week. Please tell your Senators you support including the Agriculture Appropriations bill in the continuing resolution.  Explain that it is important that the National Organic Program is fully funded to maintain the integrity of the seal for consumers and producers alike. Click here to find your Senators’ phone numbers, or click here to e-mail. For more information, contact Marni Karlin, OTA’s Associate Director of Legislative and Legal Affairs.

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