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ACTION ALERT! | May 18, 2013

Call your senators now to tell them to

“Strike Out the amendment that will establish an organic check-off program”

On Monday May 20th or Tuesday May 21st the full Senate will discuss the 2013 Farm Bill as recommended by the Senate Ag Committee.

Title V11: Bennet 04-1 organic promotion amendment

If you have a relationship with your Senator, you can ask them to sponsor a floor amendment to take the organic Promotion check off amendment out of the bill.

Call Your Senators’ offices and ask to speak to the Staff who deals with agriculture –

Be sure to leave a message if you don't get a person!!

  • Tell them Your name, Your Farm name, Location and What you Farm
  • Tell them that you and many organic farmers--as well as small businesses that make and market organically certified product and consumers--do not want an organic Promotion check-off program!
  • Tell them that The Organic Promotion Check-Off Program needs to be taken out of the bill until there has been a complete process to consider whether organic farmers want it.
  • Organic farmers do not want a federally mandated organic check-off program
  • They do not trust it and They do not see it as beneficial to organic agriculture or their sustainability
  • OTA does not represent YOUR interests

Congress expects that once the Farm Bill is passed with this amendment attached to it, an Organic check-off program will be established.

For more information on the organic check-off please go to:

If you need information on how to contact your senators please go to:

Or Call the Congressional Switchboard, and ask to be transferred to your Senator’s office (if you give them your state, they will tell you who your 2 senators are):  202-224-3121 | email: