Colle Farmers Market Provides Feedback on Cutting Funding for Organic Agriculture

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After an article released by KBIA, detailing Congress’ budget cuts and the impact on private organic farmers, Colle Farmers Market issues a statement.

On February 7, 2013 Colle Farmers Market issues a statement in response to a KBIA article describing how an act of Congress will cut most of the funding for organic agriculture programs.

According to KBIA and the Harvest Network, the Congressional bill’s cuts will increase the difficulty for many farms wanting to continue their certification as organic producers. Consumers “may not see as many certified organic products in stores or at their local farmers market.” The article states that Happy Hollow Farm owner, Liz Graznak, believes that she may lack the money required to continue being recognized as an organic certified farm if federal support is withdrawn.

KBIA reports that “Graznak was one of more than 9,343 farmers who took advantage of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Certification Cost Share Program in fiscal year 2011. Cost-share, as it's called in the ag community, reimburses farmers up to $750 annually for organic certification costs.”

Since Graznakstarted farming full-time four years ago, her chickens' eggs as well as her vegetable produce have been certified organic. Though Graznak is reported to sell her goods at the local farmers market it is mentioned that she has not begun to collect on her farming endeavors. KBIA notes that many other organic producers have to spend additional personal funds in order to remain qualified to sell their produce with a USDA seal.

Colle Farmers Market, an organization that advocates local organic practices, recognizes the obstacle present with the withdrawal of federal support. If Congress reinstates an organic farming budget for farmers seeking the USDA organic seal it would be a step toward healthier citizens. Colle believes in the benefits of organic farming and food production, supporting local organic farmers markets, and encourages the adaptation of farms from conventional methods to organic.

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all people who are living an organic and natural lifestyle with the ultimate goal of using more sustainable farming and consumerism.


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