Now is the Time to Comment on the Organic Check-Off

The deadline to submit comments on the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order, commonly known as the Organic Check-Off, is closing on April 19, 2017.

The program would create a 17-member governance board that would decide how to allocate research, promotion, and technical assistance funds generated by the program. Under the proposed program, all organic operations (farmers, ranchers, processors, handlers, and importers) 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.

CCOF strongly encourages farmers, processors, and all organic stakeholders to submit comments via Regulations.gov. Please feel free to contact me at pnell@ccof.org for more information or for help submitting a comment.

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