Changes to the Organic Program under the Proposed Farm Bill

Lawrence Kim
April 21, 2018

The House Committee on Agriculture today approved the "Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018" (H.R. 2), which includes several provisions important to USA pork producers. According to, "the leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee said they intend to write a bipartisan bill that will pass with the support of at least 60 and perhaps as many as 70 senators".

Among the provisions included in the legislation is language establishing and funding a vaccine bank to deal with an outbreak in the United States of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in livestock.

The draft Farm Bill defines plant biostimulants as "a substance or micro-organism that, when applied to seeds, plants, or the rhizosphere, stimulates natural processes to enhance or benefit nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency, tolerance to abiotic stress, or crop quality and yield". USDA stands ready to provide technical assistance as the bill progresses in the House and looks forward to working with members in the Senate as well.

Changes to the Organic Program under the Proposed Farm Bill
Changes to the Organic Program under the Proposed Farm Bill

House Agriculture Committee chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) told Breitbart News Sunday this week that the reforms to SNAP would help Americans provide for their families while maintaining the integrity of the program-which makes up 80 percent of the Farm Bill spending. King said PICA is created to end unconstitutional efforts by some states to regulate the means of production of agricultural goods in other states.

Joe Maxwell, executive director for the Organization for Competitive Markets, opposed King's amendment, saying, "We are deeply disappointed that a majority of the House Agriculture Committee members joined Rep. King in an attack on our states' rights, siding with corporate agribusiness over local control of farming and food". Because we believe our food system should be equitable and health-promoting for all people, we will continue to advocate for Farm Bill programs that assume all people are deserving of access to healthy food. The 2018 Farm Bill is strongly supported by the National Pork Producers Council. Well, we already have been doing that for 20 years.

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