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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.