On Monday, the U.S. House and Senate Agriculture Committees sent a joint letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (Super Committee) promising to provide a detailed plan to cut $23 billion in agriculture spending by November 1st.
The letter highlights the cuts that agricultural programs have sustained in recent years, as well as the 37 programs included in the 2008 Farm Bill that do not have baseline funding to continue beyond 2012.
Among the 37 programs that do not have baseline funding and must be reauthorized in the 2012 Farm Bill are the National Organic Program, the Organic Data Initiative, the Organic Research and Extension Initiative, and the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Download the joint letter.
Please contact Senators Snowe and Collins today and let them know how important funding is for the continued growth of organic agriculture in the U.S.
Senator Olympia Snowe
Senator Susan Collins