Tribute to Sam Farr

It is bittersweet to bid farewell to Congressman Sam Farr, who is the 20th Congressional District of California’s longest serving member— having served the district for twelve terms, since 1993.

Representative Farr has been one of the strongest supporters of the organic sector throughout his entire career. A fifth-generation Californian, Congressman Farr first entered public service in 1964 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia. During his career in public service at the local, state, and federal level, he has been a leading advocate for California agriculture.

During his 12 years in the California State Assembly, he sponsored the 1990 California Organic Standards Act, the first state law defining organic agriculture. First elected to Congress in 1993 by special election, he currently co-chairs the House Organic Caucus, and is ranking member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. In these roles, he has provided continuous leadership on issues facing the organic sector.

He has protected the National Organic Program and other important programs from funding reductions; he has protected and advanced organic research; and he has advocated for full use of USDA’s authority to apply certification cost share funds to transitional and state organic certification fees.

The organic sector will miss Congressman Farr’s leadership and his role as a true champion – but we wish him all the best as he moves on to pursue his next endeavors back home. We know we’ll have a continued relationship with him as he moves on to the next phase in his career—and we will miss him!  //