Organic Initiative Includes Grower Assistance Program


USDA’s Organic Transition Initiative announced this week includes a new program from the Risk Management Agency. The Transitional and Organic Grower Assistance, or TOGA Program, reduces a producer’s overall crop insurance premium bills, and helps them continue to use organic agricultural systems. Premium benefits for TOGA include ten percentage points of premium subsidy for all crops in transition, a $5 per acre premium benefit for certified organic grain and feed crops, and ten percentage points of premium subsidy for all Whole-Farm Revenue Protection policies for organic or transitioning to organic crops. Producers can receive both RMA’s TOGA and premium assistance from other premium subsidy programs. The TOGA program is part of the Organic Transition Initiative, which additionally offers farmer-to-farmer mentoring and direct support through conservation financial assistance. Meanwhile, USDA’s Farm Service Agency is currently accepting applications for both the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program and Organic Certification Cost Share Program.