Organic checkoff exemption proposed

Organic checkoff exemption proposed

USDA estimates checkoff exemption would provide extra $13.6m for stakeholders to reinvest into organic industry.

THE U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed to exempt additional organic stakeholders from paying into conventional commodity checkoff programs.

The Organic Trade Assn. (OTA) said this is an important step that recognizes the organic industry's unique needs and lets the industry decide where its dollars are best spent.

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