Oct. 2, 2009
Proposed Ag appropriations includes nearly $7 million for NOP
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today expressed excitement that the agriculture appropriations language reached in conferencing of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate includes $6.967 million in funding for the National Organic Program (NOP) for Fiscal Year 2010.
Of that proposed for NOP, an increase of $300,000 would be allocated to enhance accreditation and oversight capabilities.
Other funding provisions would provide:
• $200,000 to the Inspector General’s office for work relating to NOP, specifically to examine the processes that NOP uses to protect the integrity of the program.
• Not less than $500,000 to USDA’s Economic Research Service for the Organic Production and Market Data initiative.
• $250,000 to the National Agricultural Statistics Service to complete the analysis and summary of, and continuation of data collection related to, the Organic Production Survey.
• For the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES), $5 million would go to organic transition research funding. In addition, for special research grants, $149,000 would go for organic cropping in Oregon, $264,000 for organic cropping in Washington, and $69,000 for organic waste utilization in New Mexico.
OTA expects that the Fiscal Year 2010 agriculture appropriations figures will be passed by both houses, perhaps as early as next week. The bill would then need the President’s signature before going into effect.
OTA wants to thank all of its members who took part in Hill Visit Day last March and made requests for additional funding for these programs. The results show that such visits are an effective way to help members of Congress understand the needs of the organic sector.