Day: June 11, 2022

Analysts weigh in on USDA’s $300 million organic spend

The Biden administration is pouring a historic infusion of cash into an initiative aimed at making it easier for farmers to transition to organic agriculture, including by giving them access to mentors.

Organic advocates say the $300 million Organic Transition Initiative, which will be rolled out over two to three years, is critical for helping farmers learn organic practices and manage the shift from conventional production. Farmers can’t sell commodities for higher, organic prices until after a three-year transition period.

Federal funding for organic agriculture has traditionally been relatively modest.

The 2018 farm bill provided $24 million over five years

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