CCOF Celebrates Senate Farm Bill’s Advances for Organic Farmers and Ranchers

(June 6, 2018) Santa Cruz, CA – Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee introduced a bipartisan farm bill that increases funding and programmatic support for organic farmers and ranchers.  
 
Under the leadership of Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the Senate farm bill includes the following provisions to advance organic agriculture:
  • Increased funding to the National Organic Program (NOP) and resources to modernize NOP’s international trade tracking and data collection systems.
  • Full funding to the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, which reimburses a portion of certification fees for organic businesses. 
  • Increased funding beginning at $40 million and scaling up to $50 million for the Organic Research and Extension Initiative, the flagship organic agriculture research program. 
  • Continued funding for the Organic Production Market and Data Initiatives so that organic businesses have accurate market and production data.
 
California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) thanks the leadership and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for listening to the needs of organic producers. 
 
“The efforts of CCOF’s certified organic members paid off,” said Kelly Damewood, Director of Policy and Government Affairs at CCOF. “CCOF members attended local meetings and hearings with their representatives, traveled to Washington D.C., sent and signed letters, made calls, and much more. Their advocacy efforts succeeded in educating elected officials about the importance of organic agriculture locally and nationally.”
 
About CCOF
CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We advocate on behalf of our members for organic policies, support the growth of organic through education and grants, and provide organic certification that is personal and accessible.
 
CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food. Founded in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America and our presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a future where organic is the norm.
 
For more information about CCOF, visit www.ccof.org.
 
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Author contact information: 

CCOF
2155 Delaware Ave., Suite 150
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
pnell@ccof.org

Author: 
Peter Nell, CCOF Policy Specialist