THE ORGANIC FARMING RESEARCH FOUNDATION (OFRF)
Organic Farmer's Action Network
May 22, 2006
Your voice is needed.
Let Congress know research focused on organic production issues is important to YOU.
Ask them to support Rep Holt’s amendment to increase the Organic Transitions program to $5 M in the Agriculture Appropriations bill.
Its time to take action.
Background: Congressman Rush Holt of New Jersey is about to offer an
amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill that would increase spending
on the Organic Transitions competitive research grant program from $1.8 million
to $5 million. The amendment is cosponsored by Mr. DeFazio of
This program funds systems research that helps farmers surmount the challenges of organic production and marketing. Field research funded through this program must be done in an organic agro-ecosystem and is intended to be practical and applied research. Increasing funding from $1.8 to $5 million will be for a competitive grants program called the “Organic Transitions Program” (from $1.8 million to $5 million).
Congress has to make some difficult choices this year as funding is limited, but we need to let them know that supporting organic farmers is a priority. Historically, organic production issues have received a disproportionately small share of USDA research spending. It is time to change that.
Timing: Calls are needed today. The bill is expected to be voted upon on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives tomorrow (Tuesday May 23rd). Your representative needs to hear from you before voting. Please call today or early tomorrow.
What you can do: Call your representative. They need to hear that their constituents are interested in this issue.
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