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Farm Bill

About the Farm Bill:  
The Farm Bill is the primary agriculture and food policy legislation of the federal government.  This omnibus bill deals with agriculture, food assistance programs, and other aspects under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   The National Organic Coalition advocates for organic programs in the Farm Bill.

Organic in the Farm Bill -- See Current Senate and House Side by Side 2014 Farm Bill Implementation Chart (February 4, 2015)

2015 Certification Cost Share Fully Funded: Farmers and Processors in All 50 States Now Eligible for Refunds

RMA (Risk Management Agency)’s Report to Congress on Organic Price Elections (March 2014)

Organic in the Farm Bill -- See Current Senate and House Side by Side NOC's One Pager on Organic Priorities in the 2014 Farm Bill (February 19, 2014)

2013 USDA Cost Share Programs Report to Congress

2012 USDA Cost Share Programs Report to Congress

Cost Share Overview FY 2008-2012

NOC Letter to Farm Bill Conferees Regarding Organic in the Farm Bill (October 14, 2013)

November 4, 2013 letter from 12 Senators, led by Sen. Merkely of Oregon, regarding crop insurance reform for "underserved" crops, which includes the Senate organic crop insurance provisions  Read entire letter HERE.

Organic Caucus leaders and 32 House members sent letter to House Farm Bill leaders asking to renew key investments in organic.
See entire letter HERE

Update on the Farm Bill by Steve Etka, NOC Legislative Director (August 7, 2013)

Read the full update here and the accompanying chart here.

Current Farm Bill Documents

May 8, 2012

Organic in the Farm Bill -- See Current Senate and House Side by Side MOFGA's Russ Libby testifies at House Ag Subcommittee Hearing

Letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders

Organic in the Farm Bill -- See Current Senate and House Side by Side Letter to House and Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders, with over 340 names, asking to keep funding for Organic Programs in the Farm Bill

USDA AMS NOP Cost Share Programs

Organic in the Farm Bill -- See Current Senate and House Side by Side USDA AMS NOP Cost Share Programs 2012 Report to Congress

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