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

Washington, D.C. - As the Farm Bill heads to the Senate floor for debate, at least one amendment is expected on behalf of organic farmers. Making sure farmers have crop insurance is a big part of the nation's food supply safety net outlined in the Farm Bill - but many organic farmers say it isn't worth it. They pay a five-percent surcharge for crop insurance, and yet, when they incur losses, organic farmers are reimbursed based on conventional crop prices.

Ariane Lotti, assistant policy director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, says an amendment from Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) would change that.

The core of Senator Merkley's amendment is really about making sure that, if an organic farmer participates in crop insurance and experiences a loss, he or she is paid back at the organic price instead of at the conventional price, which is often much lower. - Ariane Lotti

Hoquiam Fire Displaces Family of Four

HOQUIAM, Wash. - The American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter dispatched aid to the scene of a devastating house fire in Hoquiam today. The early morning blaze forced a family of four to flee from their home located on the 400 block of Cleveland Street in Hoquiam. The Red Cross is helping the family with their immediate needs such as shelter, groceries, clothing, toiletries, and medication replacement.

A two-alarm Fire in Hoquiam this morning just after 3am damage a home, and left the attached garage a total loss. Headquarters Captain David Joy tells us the fire in the 400 block of Cleveland appeared to have started in the garage, then expanding to the home. Responders were able to clear the fire just after 6 this morning, the family in the home got out without injury, the cause of the fire, as well as estimated damages, remain under investigation.