Organic checkoff faces a rising headwind

Agri-Pulse – September 23, 2015 [Agri-Pulse incorrectly used the abbreviation NOC for No Organic Checkoff.  No Organic Checkoff is not affiliated nor aligned with the National Organic Coalition.] A national organic research and promotion program, or “checkoff,” has been a dream of the Organic Trade Association and others for years. But opposition among organic producers […]

Why Does Government Act As Tax Collector For Agribusiness?

Iowa Public Radio By, Dan Charles SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 1:38 PM ET Every time a cow or steer in this country is sold for beef, the seller pays a dollar into a special fund. “We collect about $80 million” each year, says Polly Ruhland, CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. “Half of […]

US-appointed egg lobby paid food blogs and targeted chef to crush vegan startup

Internal emails reveal coordinated attack by American Egg Board to quash the rise of Hampton Creek’s egg alternative in possible breach of federal regulations The Guardian ( By: Sam Thielman Sunday 6 September 2015 A government-controlled industry group targeted popular food bloggers, major publications and a celebrity chef as part of its sweeping effort to […]

Feds begin review of organic check-off program proposals USDA said it has option to hold public meetings on submitted proposals

by Sustainable Food News July 30, 2015 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which oversees the National Organic Program (NOP), has posted a new fact sheet on its website outlining the steps to establish an organic industry-funded promotion, research and information order, known as a check-off program. With the expiration of the […]

Leader of top organic dairy group negotiates delay of check-off proposal deadline

Federal agency gives organic stakeholders until July 20 to submit proposals or partial proposals by Sustainable Food News June 3, 2015 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wednesday pushed back the deadline for submitting alternative ideas on creating a new organic industry-funded promotion, research and information order, known as a check-off program. Last month, the […]

OSGATA Membership Overwhelmingly Votes To Oppose Industry’s Organic Check-off


Organic Farmers and Seed Companies Make Clear They Reject Proposed Mandatory Tax on Organic Producers Washington, ME, May 19, 2015 – A just-concluded major referendum by the membership of the organic seed industry leader, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), was unanimously opposed to the “Organic Check-off” proposed by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). […]

Got Organic? Is a national fund to promote organic produce a good idea? Organic farmers don’t think so.

By Leah Douglas, Slate,  MAY 14 2015 10:46 AM “Got Milk?” “Pork: The Other White Meat.” “The Incredible Edible Egg.” “Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner.” For years, these familiar slogans have highlighted the importance of American kitchen staples. What better represents the American way of eating than a glass of milk with your cookies or a […]

OTA out of touch with organic farmers

The National Farmers Union raised concerns that the proposed organic checkoff program wouldn’t adequately represent producers, gives too little money to research and allows too much of the funds raised to be spent on administrative costs. In a statement, NFU President Roger Johnson warned that the proposed board, which will be made up of farmers and […]

NFU Voices Concerns with Petition for Organic Checkoff


May 13, 2015 Contact: Andrew Jerome, 202-314-3106 WASHINGTON (May 13, 2015) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson today voiced concerns over a recent petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin the process of setting up a checkoff program for the organic industry under the 1996 Generic Act, citing issues […]

OFARM members opposed to Organic Checkoff


OFARM Position Statement on a proposed “Organic Research and Promotion Order” The Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing, (OFARM Inc.) a Minnesota incorporated cooperative marketing-agency-in-common, represents organic grain and livestock producers in 18 states, These producers are currently being assessed check off for existing conventional commodity promotion programs and also some who get refunds under the current system […]