Thursday, May 22, 2008

OTA Supports Farm Bill Passage

"Caren Wilcox, outgoing director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), said last week that Congress had "made excellent progress" in support of organic agriculture with new farm bill legislation, and that OTA would work to ensure its' ultimate passage into law. Both the Senate and the House voted for the bill by large margins, probably enough to sustain a possible presidential veto.

Among the bills provisions: -an increase in mandatory spending on organic programs to more than $100 million dollars during the time that the legislation remains in effect, expected to be until about 2012. This is an approximately fourfold increase over the amount provided for in the about-to-expire 2002 bill."

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