Blogs | September 2012

Call to Congress: Stop Stalling on Farm Bill

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Organic Phone Flash Mob Sept. 19th! 

If you haven't called yet, please call today.  Congress is waiting until after the election to do anything about the Farm Bill.  We need to urge them to get the job done before the end of the year and to sustain organic programs that are most critical to our health and prosperity.

Press Release: Organic Farming IS Good For People, Economy, Soil, and Water

Organic Farming Research Foundation Releases Full Report Extolling the Multiple Societal Benefits of Organic Farming 

For Immediate Release    

Contact Info:
Denise Ryan
External Relations Director
(831) 426-6606
denise@ofrf.org

Santa Cruz, CA (September 10, 2012) In what has been a flurry of conversation and controversy revolving around the nutritional advantages of organic versus non-organic food, Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) asserts that the real advantages are far broader. Furthermore, OFRF states that the growing level of interest among consumers and health professionals begs for much greater investment in research that correlates human health to environmental health. 

Udi Lazimy's picture

"Certification Cost Share is crucial..."

When I asked Abby Sadauckas, Organic Farmer and Educator at Bacon Brook Farmstead, what Organic Certification Cost Share means to her, she did not hesitate to share with me how much of an incentive it has been for her to farm organically.

Nor did Abby fail to let me know that as the Educational Programs Coordinator at MOFGA she sees first hand how this 'seals the organic deal' when beginning farmers are deciding whether they can make it as an farm start up.  "This is a time when we really need more farmers to meet organic demand.  Certification Cost Share is essential to helping us meet that demand."
 
Hard to argue with that.


Stand up for and other organic farmers who deliver us healthy food.  Join us in America's First Organic Phone Flash Mob!

Faith Grant's picture

'DO NOTHING' is Doing Something VERY WRONG!

Letting the current Farm Bill expire and then taking up the 2012 bill after the November election,  would be a very risky and very irresponsible strategy (again with my understatements!).  Surprise, surprise... this is actually being considered on the Hill.

Hmmm... let's ponder a couple questions here:

First, why would Congress even consider letting the Farm Bill expire? 

Maureen Wilmot's picture

"One Ringy Dingy..."

Well, we couldn't find an image of an American phone flash mob because WE'RE GOING TO BE THE FIRST TO DO IT!  The Organic Trade Association is holding their annual Organic Summit next week on Wednesday 9/19/12 and I will be leading the audience and YOU on the First American Phone Flash Mob to Congress on behalf of organic farmers.

Udi Lazimy's picture

Congress Needs to Buckle Down, Too!

Ron Meyer of Strawberry Hill Farm near Coshocton, Ohio knows all to well about the impact that a loss of funding for organic programs would have on farmers.  The draught has destroyed nearly 30% of his crops this year.  Ron has had to re-adjust his business planning and buckle down for the fall. Thankfully, the cost of his organic certification didn’t add to his troubles; he participated in the Organic Certification Cost Share Program, which helped a lot with the cost of his certification. If this program is not funded in 2013, (as is possible under a “clean” extension of the 2008 Farm Bill), Ron, and over 6,000 other farmers, could lose support for certification.

Faith Grant's picture

The Unclean Truth About an Extension - It'll just keep piling up!

Now that Congress is back in session, everyone’s wondering what's up with the Farm Bill.  Well, things are about to get a little crazy.  Our best educated guess at the end of last week was that the House was going to whip out a short-term Farm Bill extension before they break again for recess.  This would kick the Farm Bill possibly into the next Congress.  Worst of all, it could potentially leave organic programs high and dry like the last extension bill did.  Now, however, we’re hearing rumors that Congress might just let the Farm Bill expire.  Everything remains very much up in the air.

Maureen Wilmot's picture

We Can't Afford to Turn Our Back on Organic Farmers

We are on needles and pins at the OFRF offices waiting to hear word from DC about the fate of the 2012 Farm Bill. The farm bill is the major body of legislation driving our food and agricultural policy in this country. We can ill afford for our food production policies to be tossed around as a political football. This impacts millions of American farmers and everyone who eats.

Udi Lazimy's picture

The Beginning Determines the End

According to National Young Farmers' Coalition's 'Building a Future' report, 83% of first-generation farmers surveyed are organic.

Photo: Next Generation of Farmers It makes sense that with growing organic consumer demand, we should be growing future organic farmers, right? 

Weirdly, the House version of the 2012 Farm Bill falls far short on support for critical beginning farmer programs.  

The House draft fails to make an adequate investment in our country’s new farmers by cutting funding...

Faith Grant's picture

The 2012 Farm Bill is Still in Play Within Your District

Washington, DC is slowly coming back to life.  Summer vacation is over.  School is back in session.  Congress reconvenes next week for just eight legislative days of business.  Even Burning Man 2012 has concluded. 

Everyone is predicting a wild ride this coming season, but no one really knows the final destination.

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