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USDA Announcement on Additional Assistance for Organic Dairy Farmers

Washington, D.C. – January 24, 2023 — Organic dairy farmers are in crisis due to drought, market consolidation, and skyrocketing energy and feed costs brought on by unstable global markets and inflation. NODPA, Organic Farmers Association (OFA), National Organic Coalition (NOC) and allies have been calling on Congress to provide emergency financial relief to organic dairy farmers to help offset the high cost of production before more farms go out of business. We were pleased to see report language requiring USDA to find sources of funding to help organic dairy farmers included in the federal spending bill that passed at the end of 2022. USDA’s Farm Service Agency fulfilled the mandate on time, announcing plans to distribute funding on Monday, January 23rd. USDA’s full announcement is posted here.