California Joins CCOF with Organic Farm Bill Priorities

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The state of California shared their 2018 Farm Bill recommendations with congressional leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate. The letter was signed by the heads of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), the California Natural Resource Agency, and the California Health and Human Services Agency. 
California’s recommendations cover funding food and nutrition programs, protecting and enhancing conservation programs, safeguarding marketing and trade programs, strengthening animal and plant health programs, and making investments in research. 
The recommendations incorporated CCOF’s farm bill priorities and provide strong reinforcement to the programs and initiatives that the organic community has broadly supported in the upcoming farm bill. California recommends:
  • Extending mandatory funding for competitive grant programs including the Organic Agricultural Research and Extension Initiative (OREI).
  • Continuing crop insurance for organic crops.
  • Increasing funding for the National Organic Program relative to the growth of organic to ensure organic integrity.
  • Maintaining funding for the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, the Organic Research and Promotion Program, and the Organic Production and Market Data Initiatives.  
CDFA gathered input from farmers, ranchers, and other stakeholders during five farm bill listening sessions across California in February. This input helped form California’s recommendations. For more information, please see CDFA’s Farm Bill page