Thursday, May 29, 2008

Farm Bill Will Help Organic Producers

After many months of deliberations and mishaps the 2008 Farm Bill has finally passed. One article was omitted in the copy presented to President Bush due to a clerical error, but all other parts of the bill are now in working order.

This passing means good news for organic producers--a raise in the reimbursement provided through the
Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. This article from Minnesota Public Radio shares mixed feelings on the affects the Farm Bill will have on organics, but I believe the Farm Bill can have some great positive results for those in organics.

Farm Bill is Mixed News for Organic Growers

The farm bill is one way the federal government guarantees farmers can make it through hard times. In southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin organic growers have certainly faced those in the last year.

2008 Farm Bill designates more resources to organics than ever in the form of an increase in the Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. But organic growers won't find relief from one of their thorniest problems: renting land.

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