Advocacy Action Alert – Organic Certification Cost Share Program at Risk!
The 2018 Farm Bill expired on September 30, 2023. Rather than passing a new Farm Bill, Congress has indicated that they plan to extend the current Farm Bill. Unlike larger Farm Bill programs which are automatically included in a Farm Bill extension, the Organic Certification Cost Share Program is too small to have ‘permanent baseline’ funding status. The Organic Certification Cost Share Program is at risk for 2024!
Without Congressional action, the Cost Share Program will expire, leaving thousands of organic farmers with a huge net increase in their annual certification costs. The Organic Certification Cost Share Program will disappear unless Congress specifically allocates stopgap funding for it!
You can take action on this issue by contacting your Members of Congress. In addition, we are asking that you use the action alert below as a template to get everyone in your network – farmers, citizens, organic community members – to reach out to their Members of Congress with the request that they fund the cost share program in the Farm Bill extension. If you like, use this link to help folks automatically send a message to their Members of Congress. We’ve created this toolkit to help you spread the word about this important action alert.
Contact your Senators and Representative today and ask them to fund the Organic Certification Cost Share Program in 2024.