The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allocate $300 million in a program to support farmers towards organic farming.
In order to achieve this, they need to take organic initiatives, including restricted inputs and synthetic pesticides ban, for not less than 36 months.
This new initiative by the USDA, which was announced in August, will help farmers to focus on producing organic products.
The transition from conventional to organic agriculture comes at a challenging time for growers and will support them financially, announced the USDA department. Having 3 prongs, with a budget of $100 million per prong, the USDA’s Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) will be carried out: in the first part, which includes mentoring, advice and education, farmers will access to workshop and training classes. The second part requires farmers’ direct assistance while they are supported financially and technically during the transition. On the last part, the organic industry and supply chain will be developed with the help of stakeholders. Presently, organic production is not enough and certain organic products are supplied inadequately; so, this will help to reduce today’s market development risks. Currently, only few farmers are practicing organic farming system; a 71-percent decrease since 2008.
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, said as farmers transition to organic agriculture, they might go through market shifts and see challenges in agriculture technology. He also added through this initiative we support our farmers throughout this shift so they will be able to securely offer their products in the market.