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Help us secure a victory for organic in the Farm Bill and prevent the Senate from undermining the integrity of the organic seal. Please call your Senator today!

Posted: June 20, 2018

The Senate Ag Committee has recently passed a Farm Bill that goes a long way in advancing organic agriculture for years to come. The bill includes a significant boost in funding for organic research, provisions to address fraudulent organic imports, and full funding for the organic certification cost-share program, which helps organic family farms thrive and boosts our local economies. 

We are thrilled with these wins for organic! But we’re not out of the woods yet. 

Unfortunately, the Committee-passed bill includes a provision that has opened the door for unnecessary and potentially harmful changes to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a stakeholder advisory group that plays a critical role in maintaining the integrity of the organic label.  And unfriendly amendments could further damage consumer trust and the integrity of the organic seal when the bill comes up for a vote on the Senate floor.

The bill is expected to reach the Senate floor before the end of June so we need to act now!

Thank you if you have already called your Senator to advocate for organic. Our calls are making a difference! We’ve been able to fend off some of the worst attacks through our advocacy. But we’re still in the danger zone, so we need to keep voicing our concerns.

The Senate continues to be under intense pressure from lobbyists to weaken the organic standards by making changes to the National Organic Standards Board.

Call your Senators today to urge support for organic and say no to changes that weaken organic standards.

Call the Capitol Switchboard:
202-224-3121
*Enter your zip code to connect with your Senators.

Ask to Speak with the staffer who works on agriculture. Use your own words, along with these talking points:
  • I’m calling as a constituent and as a representative from x business/organization (describe size of farm or business, annual sales, or # of members if appropriate). 
  • I am calling to thank the Senator XX for his/her leadership to grow and protect organic agriculture in XX state and nationwide. I want to express support for Senate Farm Bill provisions that boost in funding for organic research, address fraudulent organic imports, and provide full funding for the organic certification cost-share program, which helps organic family farms thrive and boosts our local economies. 
  • I am also calling to urge Senator XX to oppose any attempts to weaken the organic standards in the Farm Bill. First and foremost, I urge Senator XX to oppose any changes to the National Organic Standards Board.
Background Information: 
On Wednesday, June 13 the Senate Agriculture Committee passed a Farm Bill that includes a significant boost in funding for organic research, provisions to address fraudulent organic imports, and funding for organic data collection initiatives. 

One noteworthy achievement in the Senate legislation is the inclusion of full funding for the organic certification cost-share program, which helps organic family farms thrive and boosts our local economies. The House version of the Farm Bill, which to date has been unable to achieve the necessary support for passage, eliminated funding for the cost-share program.

While the bill receives high marks for the majority of organic priorities advanced by the National Organic Coalition, the bill includes an unnecessary statutory change to the NOSB process for reviewing and approving materials for use in organic. NOC has long argued that any statutory changes to the NOSB are unnecessary and potentially undermine the integrity of organic.  

NOC remains deeply concerned that a harmful Farm Bill amendment could reach the Senate floor and do real damage to consumer trust and the integrity of the organic seal. The Senate continues to be under intense pressure from lobbyists to weaken the organic standards by making changes to the National Organic Standards Board. 

The bill is expected to move to the Senate floor for a vote before the July 4th recess, so calls to Senators are urgently needed in the next week.

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