The Organic Caucus

The House Organic Caucus is a bipartisan group of Representatives that supports organic farmers, ranchers, and consumers by informing Members of Congress about organic agriculture policy and opportunities to advance the sector. Organic farming remains a bright spot even during difficult economic times. By joining the Caucus, representatives play a pivotal role in rural development while voicing their community’s desires to advance organic agriculture in their district and across the country.

Why should House members join the Organic Caucus?

  • The organic industry is the fastest growing sector in U.S. agriculture, with over $26 billion in sales last year;
  • Growing consumer demand for organic offers a lucrative market for small, medium, and large scale farms;
  • Organic agriculture creates jobs in rural America;
  • Currently, there are over 14,500 organic farms in the United States;
  • Organic agriculture provides healthy food options for consumers.

Urge your representative to join!

History of the Organic Caucus

The House Organic Caucus was originally formed in 2003. Following a number of years of inactivity, the Organic Caucus was revived in April 2011 with a special kickoff briefing. See related story: House Breathes New Life Into Organic Caucus.

What Does the Caucus Do?

Keeps Members informed about opportunities to support organic;

Serves to educate Members and their staff on:

  • Organic farming methods
  • What the term “organic” means
  • Organic programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Issues facing the industry