After several budget extensions, known as a Continuing Resolution or CR, Congress has agreed on a spending bill to fund the government in 2016, avoiding another government shutdown. The big news: NO GIPSA RIDER.
What’s at stake here? Critical assistance for organic farmers through the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. If we don’t act NOW, this program could be completely defunded — stripping farmers of a vital source of support in helping meet growing demand for organic food and to create local jobs.