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USDA to finalize rule expanding organic checkoff exemption

from Agri-Pulse

Additional organic farmers and handlers will be exempt from paying into commodity checkoff programs under a rule being finalized by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. The new rule, mandated by the 2014 farm bill, stipulates that producers and handlers of National Organic Program certified “organic” products, which must be 95 percent organic, and certified “100 percent organic” products are exempt from paying commodity promotion program assessments. more

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