We Oppose an Organic Checkoff!
IT IS TIME TO TAKE ACTION—MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!CLICK TO SUBMIT COMMENTS TO USDA
USDA wants to hear your unique story– who you are and why you oppose the checkoff. Even one sentence is enough to be registered. Make your voice heard by APRIL 19, 2017!
Why we oppose the checkoff:
- This will be just another Tax on farmers either directly or indirectly when processors pass the cost down.
- Want to promote the benefits of Organic? You can’t in a check-off. Even something as simple and accurate as “Organic is the Gold Standard,” will not be allowed by USDA.
- The Check-off system is fundamentally broken for farmers – the federally mandated check-off programs have restrictive guidelines, heavy bureaucracy, lack of accountability and cost of administration.
- Check-off programs have a history of using check-off funds inappropriately, with poor representation of farmer priorities in granting of research dollars.
- Commodity check-off programs that are successful see a decline of family farmers in business.
- Promoting organic sales now will not increase organic acreage in the US but will increase lower priced organic imports.
Learn more about the drawbacks of the check-off program. In some of our recent posts, below, you’ll find compelling testimony from farmers who’ve suffered from check-off programs.
Embezzlement Investigation in Oklahoma Adds to Oversight Questions of Federal Beef Promotion Program
Embezzlement Investigation in Oklahoma Adds to Oversight Questions of Federal Beef Promotion Program By JOE WERTZ & HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA • February 10, 2017 http://kosu.org/post/embezzlement-investigation-oklahoma-adds-oversight-questions-federal-beef-promotion-program A worker corrals cattle into a chute at Oklahoma National Stockyards in Oklahoma City. JOE WERTZ / STATEIMPACT OKLAHOMA Federal authorities are investigating the alleged embezzlement of $2.6 million dollars from […]
More money, less accountability By: Alan Guebert First printed in Farm and Food File for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Reprinted with permission of the author. On Jan. 5, Harvest Public Media reported that “a federal investigation has been launched into the alleged embezzlement of $2.6 million by an employee” of the Oklahoma […]
OTA keeps insisting that the organic checkoff could generate 30 million dollars annually. When USDA did their calculations, they only counted $25 million. But let’s give OTA the benefit of the doubt…. How would that 30 million be spent? 15% off the top goes to Administering the checkoff program ($4.5 million) The […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 UPDATED: January 18, 2017 No Organic Checkoff Coalition opposes proposed Federal US Organic Checkoff Contact: Ed Maltby (413-772-0444; firstname.lastname@example.org). WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2017) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday rolled out a proposal for a research and promotion check-off program, which could unfairly promote large organic processors’ needs over […]
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