OTA's Proposed Organic Checkoff Proposal Stopped

In the words of one of the leaders of the No Organic Checkoff effort, Ed Maltby, Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Association (NODPA) , "Thanks to everyone that made this grass roots effort to stop the organic check-off work. A great collaborative effort."

OFARM joined with a organizations such as the Organic Consumers Association, NODPA, NOFA-NY, Cornucopia Institute, Family Farm Defenders and others to oppose the checkoff.

OFARM cited commodity checkoffs riff with abuse and mis-spending of producer money along with opposing classifying "organic" as a commodity to fit under current commodity checkoff provisions.  Organic has long sought to differentiate itself as not  being a single commodity.

One only needs to look at how well the current conventional commodity checkoffs are working.  Dairy farmers are drowning in overproduction with tanker after tanker of milk being dumped and milk consumption continues to decline even with hundreds of millions of dollars appropriated from farmers milk checks each month for "advertising and promotion."

The checkoff was not even organic farmers idea for the most part, but proposed by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) which primarily represents the trade side of organic.

USDA language from its press release on Friday, May 18, 2018 announcing termination of proceedings for rulemaking regarding a proposed organic checkoff:

“This action terminates a rulemaking proceeding that proposed to establish a national research and promotion program for certified organic products under authority of the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996 (1996 Act). The program was proposed by the proponent group, the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Based on uncertain industry support for and outstanding substantive issues with the proposed program, USDA is terminating the proceeding.”