May 7, 2020
USDA gets letter from Organic Trade Association regarding COVID-19 impact

The Organic Trade Association’s CEO and Executive Director Laura Batcha this week sent a letter to Secretary Perdue outlining impacts to the organic sector due to COVID-19.

In the letter, Batcha highlighted the unique supply chain challenges the organic sector is experiencing with certification and inspections, requested that certification cost-share funding be released in a timely manner, and advocated for the release of the Strengthening Organic Enforcement proposed rule.

In addition, the Organic Trade Association requested that emergency assistance to farmers include adequate funding to cover losses for organic producers and that personal protective equipment be provided to the food and agriculture workforce. The trade association also requested that the agency prioritize purchasing local and regional food for emergency food assistance programs.


Tags:


Current Issue

Vegetable Growers News (VGN) May/June 2024 cover image

WSU AI program helps address water scarcity

Platform10 initiative focuses on pest, disease research

Farm market report: Inflation, farm input costs shape farm market prices

Nature’s Reward battles disease, pests through mechanization, biologicals

Fresh Views: Pollinator habitats

Successful succession

Farm Market & Agritourism: markups vs. margins

 

see all current issue »

Be sure to check out our other specialty agriculture brands

produceprocessingsm Organic Grower