Congress right now is debating farm programs and funding as it looks at the new Farm Bill. Unfortunately, cutting budgets is a big topic of conversation. In the Senate, there is agreement to dedicate $16 million per year to organic research. In the House, the figure is only $5 million per year. Either amount would be far short of a real “fair share” of farm research spending. Given the growth in organic farming and its growing importance to people buying organic foods, a real “fair share” would be close to $100 million per year. The Senate is only suggesting $16 million per year, which we suggest is far better than what the House has on the table. That’s why Farm Aid a few days ago joined dozens of other family farm and food organizations to sign a letter to the members of Congress negotiating over the Farm Bill urging them to do the right thing and support the Senate plan.
Here is a copy of the letter Farm Aid signed: