Action Needed NOW on Organic Certification Cost Share in the Farm Bill

January 9th, 2014

National Organic Coalition

US_Capitol_DomeNational Organic Certification Cost Share (NOCCS) is a top item for Farm Bill Conference.   The House Bill repeals Certification Cost Share and the Senate Bill fully funds the program.

If you live or work in any of the States/Districts listed below, please call your conference member (see below)
and ask them to:
  

“Support the National Organic Certification Cost Share program”

Find the Fact Sheet HERE for more information about the NOCCS .

The organic community is united in support of the organic certification cost share Program.  During the past year, certification cost share has been unavailable to organic handlers in all states and organic farmers in 34 states, because the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP) has been suspended.

The time is now for the House and Senate to restore this funding
in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Organic Certification Cost Share Helps:

  • Keep Organic Production in the United States — Meeting Strong US Consumer Demand for Organic with U.S. Organic Product
  • Enable Farmers and Handlers to Access the Growing Organic Market and Meet Consumer Demand
  • Ensure Integrity and Consistency of the Organic Label
  • Encourage Value-Added Processing Infrastructure for Organic Farmers; and
  • Keep a Diversity of Farms Certifying as Organic

Call your Representative/Senator on the
Farm Bill Conference Committee in the following states

 STATE REPRESENTATIVE/SENATOR DISTRICT  PHONE #
 Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers R-3rd202-225-4872
 Alabama Rep. Martha Roby R-2nd202-225-2901
 Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford R-1st202-225-4076
 Arkansas Sen. John Boozman R-statewide202-224-4843
 California Rep. Jeff Denham R-10th202-225-4540
 California Rep. Jim Costa D-16th202-225-3341
 California Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod D-35th202-225-6161
 Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet D-statewide202-224-5852
 Florida Rep. Steve Southerland R-2nd202-225-5235
 Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss R-statewide202-224-3521
 Georgia Rep. Austin Scott R-8th202-225-6531
 Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis R-13th202-225-2371
 Iowa Rep. Steve King R-4th202-225-4426
 Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin D-statewide202-224-3254
 Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts R-statewide202-224-4774
 Mass. Rep. Jim McGovern D-2nd202-225-6101
 Michigan Chairwoman Sen. Debbie  Stabenow D-statewide202-224-4822
 Minnesota Ranking Member Collin Peterson D-7th202-225-2165
 Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar D-statewide202-224-3244
 Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz D-1st202-225-2472
 Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran R-statewide22-224-5054
 Montana Sen. Max Baucus D-statewide202-224-2651
 N. Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre D-7th202-225-2731
 N. Dakota Sen. John Hoeven R-statewide202-224-2551
 Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown D-statewide202-224-2315
 Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge D-11th202-225-7032
 Oklahoma Chairman Frank D. Lucas R-3rd202-225-5565
 Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader D-5th202-225-5711
 Penn. Rep. Glenn Thompson R-5th202-225-5121
 S. Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem R-statewide202-225-2801
 Texas Rep. K. Michael Conaway R-11th202-225-3605
 Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer R-19th202-225-4005
 Texas Rep. Filemon Vela D-34th202-225-9901
 Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy D-statewide202-224-4242
 Washington Rep. Suzan DelBene D-1st

202-225-6311

The Senate Farm Bill (S. 954) includes a provision to merge the two programs together under the AMA program umbrella, using the permanent funding baseline of that program in a manner that provides $11.5 million annually for organic certification cost share.   The House Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) repeals the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, and continues to provide 10 percent of AMA program funding ($1 million annually) for organic farmers (not handlers), but only for farmers in 16 designated AMA states.

The organic community is united in support of the Senate Farm Bill’s effort to streamline organic certification cost share, by consolidating programs.

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For more information, contact:
Steve Etka, National Organic Coalition, 703-519-7772; steveetka@gmail.com

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