More Than 100 California Organic Producers Urge Senators Feinstein & Harris to Support Organic in Farm Bill

(May 3, 2018) Santa Cruz, CA – More than one hundred CCOF-certified organic farmers, ranchers, processors, handlers, and business owners signed a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Kamala Harris requesting their support for organic priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill.
 
In the letter, the producers note that organic is a $14.5 billion per year sector in California that includes $2.9 billion in farm sales and $11.65 billion in processed product sales. Organic businesses provide over 300,000 jobs in the state. Organic agriculture also protects wildlife, promotes biodiversity, and improves or maintains native ecosystems.
 
The organic priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill outlined in the letter include protecting the National Organic Standards Board, funding the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, establishing baseline funding for organic research, strengthening the USDA National Organic Program, and protecting organic crop price data and reports. 
 
The producers acknowledge that the California Congressional delegation in the House of Representatives successfully championed organic priorities in the House farm bill and note areas where Senator Feinstein and Senator Harris can further organic priorities through the Senate bill. 
 
The 110 signatories include producers of all scales and types from across California. Their unified message calls for California’s elected officials to support the state’s strong organic sector in the 2018 Farm Bill. Read the full letter at bit.ly/CCOFFarmBillLetter
 
CCOF encourages all certified organic entities to call their senators to request their support for organic priorities in the farm bill. You can find your senator’s contact information on the United States Senate webpage at www.senate.gov/senators/contact.
 
About CCOF
CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We advocate on behalf of our members for organic policies, support the growth of organic through education and grants, and provide organic certification that is personal and accessible.
 
CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food. Founded in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America and our presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a future where organic is the norm.
 
For more information about CCOF, visit www.ccof.org.
 
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Author contact information: 

CCOF
2155 Delaware Ave., Suite 150
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
pnell@ccof.org

Author: 
Peter Nell, CCOF Policy Assistant