COMMENT: NSAC Responds to USDA’s Pandemic Support for Certified Organic and Transitioning Operations


COMMENT: NSAC Responds to USDA’s Pandemic Support for Certified Organic and Transitioning Operations

November 4, 2021


For Immediate Release:

Contact: Laura Zaks

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

lzaks@sustainableagriculture.net 

Tel. 347.563.6408

Comment: NSAC Responds to USDA’s Pandemic Support for Certified Organic and Transitioning Operations

Washington, November 4, 2021 – In response to today’s announcement by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it will provide pandemic assistance to cover certification, education, and other expenses for agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) issued the following statement, attributable to Eric Deeble, NSAC Policy Director:

“NSAC is glad to see that USDA has committed $20 million to the new Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) as part of the agency’s broader Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Organic farmers and ranchers faced numerous supply chain and economic challenges throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This investment to support organic producers will help them achieve and maintain their certification, implement organic practices, expand market opportunities, and demonstrates the USDA’s continued commitment to helping farmers who are central to meeting the challenges of the climate crisis.”  

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About the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)

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