New Farm Bill in the USA
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The Organic Trade Association (OTA) states, it is pleased that the Farm Bill has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate by majorities far beyond the two thirds vote necessary to override any presidential veto. While the OTA hopes that the president will not veto the bill, it will work to see that a final bill is passed if there is one.
The just passed bill would increase mandatory spending on organic agriculture and programs to over $100 million over the life of it, roughly four times what the last Farm Bill provided. It also cites organic agriculture as eligible for many programs within the bill which have been difficult for organic farmers to access in the past. Some other programs such as support for the National Organic Program are "authorized" and the OTA will support them in the future in the Appropriations Committees in order to have them fully implemented.
"Congress has made excellent progress for the organic farm community," said Caren Wilcox, executive director of the Organic Trade Association. "Members of the Organic Trade Association have worked hard to be sure their voices were heard as this bill was being developed."
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America with more than 1,700 members.
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