Hobby Farms Editors
February 18, 2009

NAIS Provisions and Other Updates
You can follow progress and the latest updates to Farm Bill 2007 at the Senate Agriculture Committee’s website including livestock issues such as:

  • National Animal Identification System (NAIS), which many believe should be abandoned.
  • Senate’s support of country-of-origin labeling.

Click on the green Farm Bill 2007 button or any of the related links.   

Follow Other Farm Bill Coverage

The House version of the Farm Bill has been described as maintaining the status quo, but could the Senate Agriculture Committee’s version change that?

When it comes to organic food priorities, there was some positive movement this week.

According to a report by the Organic Trade Association, the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America, the Senate Agriculture Committee’s currently approved version of the Farm Bill includes funding for:

  • Organic research
  • Data collection
  • Transitioning to organic production

It also bars USDA from charging a premium surcharge on organic crop insurance, unless validated by loss history on a crop-by-crop basis; currently, organic producers must pay a surcharge for crop insurance; yet, in times of loss, the producers receive the usually higher organic crop price, but the lower conventional price.


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