April 19, 2017 is the last day to submit comments on the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order, commonly known as the Organic Check-Off.
After extending the deadline by 60 days, the National Organic Program has received over 3,500 comments on the program.
The Organic Check-Off would create a 17-member governance board of stakeholders who would decide on allocating research, promotion, and technical assistance funds. The proposed program would generate funds from all organic operations (farms, ranches, processors, handlers, and importers).
Organic operations would contribute one-tenth of 1 percent of their operation’s net organic sales each year. Any certified operation with a gross organic revenue of less than $250,000 annually would be able to opt out of the program. Further information on the Organic Check-Off can be found here.