USDA Announces New Initiatives to Boost Organic Agriculture

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced several new initiatives this week to help organic producers. During a speech to the Organic Trade Association, Vilsack said federal crop insurance will increase coverage options for organic producers, including a contract price addendum and a new premium price election for organic crops. New guidance on organic production will be provided to all USDA agencies in order to address the needs of the organic sector in all programs and services. “These new options will extend the safety net provided by crop insurance and provide fair and flexible solutions to organic producers,” said Vilsack. Within the past 10 years, the U.S. has seen a 240 percent increase in organic farms and business. Learn more.

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