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FY2006 Organic Appropriations Recommendations - Organic Trade Association
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FY2006 Organic Appropriations Recommendations

 

Item

FY05

FY06 Presidentís Budget

FY06 Recommendations

 

Organic Standards

$1.98M

$2.026M

$2.526M

The Organic Standards line item in President Bushís FY06 budget includes funding for the National Organic Program as well as other marketing programs. Because the organic industry continues to grow and pressure continues to build on the program for work in the compliance and enforcement arena, we respectfully recommend an additional $500,000 for the National Organic Program.

Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS)

- 0 -

Not applicable

$750,000

The Agriculture Marketing Service currently collects market price data for organic eggs, poultry and a few fruits and vegetables. AMS has indicated that at least $750,000 would be necessary to enable them to expand market price data for other organic agricultural products. Collecting and distributing this information is important for growing the organic industry.

Economic Research Service (ERS)

$495,850

Not applicable

$500,000

The Economic Research Service continues to collect valuable organic production and acreage data. Continuing to fund their program will provide consistent data collection, allow the completion of a 3-study series, and analysis of important information about the growth of organic agriculture.

National Agriculture Statistic Service (NASS)

- 0 -

Not applicable

$500,000

The National Agriculture Statistic Service asked two questions about organic in the 2002 National Agriculture Census. NASS has indicated the desire and willingness to ask more than two questions in the 2007 National Agriculture Census. To better prepare for collecting and analyzing this important information, we respectfully request $500,000 for organic data collection.

Item

FY05

FY06 Presidentís Budget

FY06 Recommendations

 

Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)

Organic Transitions

$1.88M

- 0 -

$4M

104 fundable grant applications were submitted in 2004. Of those submitted 11 were funded for a total of $4,614,837 of which $3M came from the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (authorized by section 7218 of the 2002 Farm Bill).  Increasing available grant money will benefit organic producers.

Alternative Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA)

$2.48M

- 0 -

$3.4M

The Organic Trade Association supports the National Center for Appropriate Technologyís appropriations recommendations for this program.

Sustainable Agriculture Research And Education (SARE)

$12.4M

Chapter 1: $9.2M

Chapter 3: $3.8M

Chapter 1: $15M

Chapter 3: $5M

Organic Trade Association supports the Sustainable Agriculture Coalitionís appropriations recommendations for this program.

Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG)

$15.37M

$15.5M

No Limitations

Organic Trade Association supports the Sustainable Agriculture Coalitionís and the National Campaign for Sustainable Agricultureís appropriations recommendations for this program.

Agriculture Research Service (ARS)

Report language urging increase in organic research

Not applicable

Language directing 1.8% of total allocation be dedicated to organic

(No net increase)

Organic Trade Association supports the Organic Farming Research Foundationís appropriations recommendations for this agency.

 
 
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