The Organic Agriculture Research Act

Researcher in the field. Photo credit: Edmund Frost, USDA.

The Organic Agriculture Research Act

S. 2404/H.R. 2436

The Organic Agriculture Research Act was introduced in the House in 2017 by Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and introduced in the Senate on February 8, 2018 by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA). This bill will increase federal support for the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), providing organic farmers and researchers with the information and resources they need to scale up and meet rapidly increasing consumer demand.

Both the House and the Senate bill reauthorize OREI until 2023. While H.R. 2436 increases OREI’s funding from the current level of $20 million to $50 million each year from 2018-2023, the Senate version of the bill would gradually increase funding to $50 million over five years.

Increasing investment in this crucial research and extension program through the 2018 Farm Bill will help to address both longstanding and emerging issues facing the organic industry, including:

  • Supply chain development
  • Productivity limitations
  • Regional adaptations, nutrient efficiency, weed tolerance, and disease resistance
  • Barriers to industry entry
  • The impacts of genetic engineering, and cross-contamination prevention
  • Livestock health, nutrition & parasite prevention
  • The efficacy and environmental sustainability of industry regulations

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