The House and Senate are currently conducting conference committee negotiations where they will have to work out the vast differences between their two different versions of the farm bill. They have until September 30 to report a final farm bill, vote on it and pass it in the House and Senate, and then send to the President for signature before the current farm bill expires.
Organic on the move
Some 200 organic stakeholders gathered this spring in Washington, D.C., for the Organic Trade Association’s 2018 Policy Conference to talk about the future of organic, and their roles in that future. Meeting in the historic National Press Building where for almost 100 years journalists have heard from American presidents and lawmakers, foreign heads of state, business titans and international celebrities, the organic advocates had a lot on their minds.
CCOF launches new project: “Roadmap to an Organic California”
The CCOF Foundation is launching “Roadmap to an Organic California,” a new project for 2018 that will make the case for increasing certified organic land in California and recommend state policies to achieve 10 percent certified organic agricultural land by 2030.
Fiber Council plans
Government settles first case against false organic claims
Following a public comment period, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in mid-December approved a final consent order settling its first-ever case against a company making false organic product claims.
Task force tackles global organic supply chain integrity
Taking a stand for organic: Suing USDA over derailment of organic animal welfare
Farmers Advisory Council: Organic farmers take organic message to Capitol Hill
2018 Farm Bill: Today’s Organic Champions
Organic Momentum and the 2018 Farm Bill: Organic Trade Association Shapes Lead-up to Critical Legislation
It took 57 years and a dozen farm bills for organic to get a place in the nearly 1,000-page legislation that defines contemporary American agricultural policy.