13 Apr 2017
The Organic Check-Off—The public comment period on this issue ends at midnight on April 19. The “check-off” program would use funds collected from producers and handlers of organic products for promotion and research—it’s the program that brought us the “Got Milk?” and “Incredible Edible Egg” campaigns. Again, the vast majority of organic farmers are opposed to this additional “tax”, feeling that promoting organic sales now will not increase organic acreage in the US but may well increase demand for lower priced organic imports. The check-off has been strongly promoted by the Organic Trade Association, representing corporate interests, and the public comments are already full of their form letter. There is more information on the check-off at noorganiccheckoff.com and www.cornucopia.org/2017/01/organic-checkoff-proposed-usda-dismay-farmers/. You can view the proposed rule and submit your comment at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS-SC-16-0112-2265. MOFFA's comment is here.