OTA welcomes coverage for transitioning farmers

TractoronFarmUSDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the agency will allow producers transitioning to organic production to use the Contract Price Addendum to insure their crops at a higher price than traditional crops. This allows farmers transitioning to organic production to insure certain crops at their contract price—which better reflects their product’s actual value—rather than the published USDA Risk Management Agency price. “It is not easy to transition to organic, and transitioning farmers should have a strong safety net,” said OTA’s Laura Batcha in response to the announcement. “Organic supply in the U.S. is falling short of the robust demand for organic products, and farmers need to have the proper tools and incentives to transition to organic production. This announcement is a small but important tool in what needs to be a full tool kit for transitioning to organic. We look forward to working with USDA to build out that tool kit.” Direct any questions to OTA’s Nate Lewis or Marni Karlin.

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