The Organic Farmers Association welcomes this week’s announcement of emergency financial relief to organic dairy farmers by the Department of Agriculture.
The association has called on lawmakers and the Biden administration to help offset the high cost of production. USDA’s Farm Service Agency fulfilled the mandate on time, announcing plans to distribute funding on Monday, January 23. The newly announced Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program will be administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency and will cover up to 75 percent of projected 2023 marketing costs for eligible organic dairy producers – targeting small and mid-sized operations.
Organic Farmers Association Executive Director Kate Mendenhall says, “We applaud Congress for prioritizing family farms in crisis and prioritizing this emergency relief.” New York organic dairy farmer Liz Bawden adds, “Organic dairies have had a very difficult two years, and this relief funding will hopefully make it to dairies in time to keep them in business.”