OTA urges Farm Bill negotiators to support organic priorities

Farm BillThe Farm Bill conference committee has kicked off the process by which the House and Senate negotiate the differences between their Farm Bills and arrive at a final conference report.  That conference report will then have to be passed by both chambers, and signed by the President. The general tone of the conference was that of compromise, and of a desire to work together to do their legislative duties. A number of members specifically mentioned organic priorities, including the research and promotion order technical fixes and cost share. Vocal champions included Senator Stabenow, Congressman Costa, Senator Bennet, and Congresswoman DelBene. OTA has lobbied all members of the Conference Committee to support organic priorities, and nearly 1,000 organic operations have sent approximately 3,000 letters of support for organic priorities to their Senators and Representatives. Please join in!  Click here, and enter your zip code. This program will walk you through composing a letter to your Representative and Senators, encouraging them to support organic priorities in the final Farm Bill.  If you have questions or would like a more tailored letter, contact Marni Karlin, OTA’s Director of Legislative and Legal Affairs.

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