Will Farm Bill ‘Level the Field’ for Organic Producers?

Lotti says the current system sets up an unnecessary barrier for organic producers, and it affects their ability to get loans as well as disaster relief. She points out that the insurance prices and payout differences are based on a common assumption that organic farming is somehow riskier than conventional farming – a belief she says is turning out to be incorrect.

“As the scientific literature expands on organic farming, we’re actually seeing that organic farming systems are more resilient in the face of extreme weather, such as droughts and flooding. So, one could argue that organic farming is less risky than conventional farming in certain respects.”

The Farm Bill hits the Senate floor today for what could be a few weeks of debate and amendments. Lotti thinks there’s a good chance the Merkley amendment will be adopted.

“I absolutely do feel like it has a chance – because it’s a question of fairness. And it’s also a question of making sure that the core of our farm policy works for, not just one sector of agriculture, which is the conventional sector, but the full array of farmers in America.”

Sen. Merkley wants to require the USDA to publish an organic price series for all crops – something it has only done for five crops to date.

Hoquiam Fire Displaces Family of Four

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