NOC Final Farm Bill Score Card
NOC has created a scorecard to compare and rate the final Farm Bill Conference Agreement with the House and Senate Farm Bills on key organic priorities. The boost in funding for organic research and the provisions enhancing organic import enforcement are cause for celebration in the organic community. The bill also continues funding and authority for the organic certification cost-share program, a program that provides partial reimbursement for rising organic certification costs and is especially important for small and mid-size operations.
The bill, however, contains deeply troubling provisions that impose statutory changes on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the USDA advisory board responsible for keeping toxic substances out of organic production and processing. NOC stands in strong opposition to these NOSB provisions.
Read NOC’s full press release here.