|The Organic Research and Promotion Program Steering Committee have identified guiding principles for this work: |
An ORPP should support and not burden organic farmers first and foremost—assessments
would not be made at the producer level, but producers should be involved as key
stakeholders in decision making.
All parameters of an ORPP would be determined by the industry itself, not by OTA—OTA's
role is to facilitate the process.
Engagement of all stakeholders in developing a framework and the Go- NO GO decision.
Proactive communication and transparent political work.
OTA recognizes that a USDA administered check-off program is one potential vehicle for pooling resources to grow organic. Alternative/voluntary vehicles can and should be explored via steering committee analysis and Town Hall meetings.
We recognize the need for robust oversight of promotion orders both in terms of financial stewardship and investment. Metrics for success should be determined by the industry.
The governing board should be representative of the diverse stakeholders in organic agriculture.