An organic check-off explained


Twilight Greenaway’s article “Organic Check-off: Is it what’s for dinner?” published June 26 highlights the current discussion on the proposed federal program to collect money from organic producers to use for promotion and industry research for the whole organic sector. The article notes that organic producers have long had to pay into general check-off programs even if advertising beef or milk generically felt counter to their business models, let alone their ethics. Now the newly passed 2014 Farm Bill allows for organic producers to opt out of conventional check-offs and consider establishing their own program. To learn more, visit the website explaining the initiative.


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