UPDATED: Senate considers farm bill

05/21/2013 01:16:00 PM
Tom Karst

"This is not instituted by any farmers or any farmer groups,"  he said.

Only growers who produce 100% organic fruit can now opt out of paying the assessment for promotions through the Northwest federal pear promotion order, said Kevin Moffitt, president of Pear Bureau Northwest, Milwaukie, Ore. Only one of Northwest pear packinghouse opts out of the promotion order assessment.

“The majority of organic production in Oregon and Washington is not eligible to opt out or does not choose to,” he said. 
The Senate’s new farm bill provision allows split operations, or those that produce both conventional and organic fruit, to opt out the organic portion of their production from promotion order assessments.
Moffitt said he expect any organic promotion order effort would be broad-based and include many commodities such as dairy, fresh produce, bread, meat and other items. 
“I think they have a large uphill road,” he said.
What products are included, how assessments are collected and how the promotion order’s board is selected will be thorny issues to resolve, Moffitt said.
“It would be organics under a bigger umbrella than even fresh produce,” he said.

Only growers who produce 100% organic fruit can opt out of paying the assessment for promotions through the Northwest federal pear promotion order, said Kevin Moffitt, president of Pear Bureau Northwest, Milwaukie, Ore.

Only one of Northwest pear packinghouse opts out of the promotion order assessment.“The majority of organic production in Oregon and Washington is not eligible to opt out or does not choose to,” he said. 

The Senate’s new farm bill provision allows split operations, or those that produce both conventional and organic fruit, to opt out the organic portion of their production from promotion order assessments.



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