六月政策更新

By: Patty Lovera, Policy Director

大流行反应

大会在3月下旬通过了关心行为,为农场可以从联邦政府,美国农业部和小型工商管理(SBA)的两部分地区提供资金。

小企业管理局

您可以查看有关SBA计划的更多详细信息,称为薪水保护计划以及此处的经济伤害灾难贷款。上周,国会通过,总统签署了一项法案,以延长重新招聘雇员的时间范围,将PPP贷款转换为赠款,并改变该计划的其他一些要求。当SBA释放有关该计划的新变更的详细信息时,我们将更新网站。

关心行为

The USDA is now operating its two main programs created by the CARES Act – the Farmers to Families Food Box (contracts to ship boxes of food to food banks) and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) (direct payments to farmers for eligible commodities).

The USDA has released the details for its new program to buy farm commodities for distribution to food banks. The deadline for the first round of contracts was May 8th, but you can check out the USDA’s website for the deadline for the next round of contracts.

You can get more information about the CFAP direct payments program here, including information on how to submit a comment to USDA to ask for additional commodities to be added to the list of those eligible for payments (due June 22). The USDA is holding a series of webinars in early June for farmers, which might be useful if you are considering whether to apply to this program.

新刺激案例

除了USDA从关心行动中努力,大会预计最终会通过一些新的立法来处理大流行的持续经济影响。房子在中旬通过了一个票据,可能会呼吁英雄法案,这将继续从关注的行为提供给美国农业部为生产者付款的资金,以及保护设备等东西的额外资金。然而,当参议院将开始发展新账单时,尚不清楚,但很明显,他们会写自己的建议,而不是从房子通过的英雄行为的建议。
OFA一直在分享关于与国会成员的有机农民的需求的具体思路,以便为多元化有机农场提供更好的计划,特别是在参议院上工作。

与我们分享您的刺激故事(所以我们可以改进)

One thing that helps us communicate with members of Congress as we try to influence the next pandemic response bill is stories about how the existing programs are working (or if they aren’t working.) Let us know if you have participated in either the USDA programs (food purchases or direct payments) or the Small Business Administration programs (Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan.) Good or bad, tell us how your experience with the programs has been so we can relay this information to the people designing the next round of response.

采取有机诚信行动

尽管有很多其他的事情占据了新闻,和国会议员的关注,我们仍然需要提醒我们的民选官员和美国农业部有直接的工作要做,以确保有机标签的完整性。美国农业部已截止其新的拟议规则的截止日期,以防止有机供应链中的欺诈(“加强有机执行”规则2018农场账单所要求的规则),但我们希望提案将很快通过审批流程而移动在这个重要问题上的公众评论期间打开时,请允许您了解。

我们需要提醒国会,美国农业部易于关闭大会所设定的截止日期,以完成长期逾期规则,以增加牲畜如何转化为有机的标准(“牲畜的起源”规则。)

电子邮件国会

现在,到达大会成员的最佳方式很可能是电子邮件,因为许多国会局都将员工转移到远程工作。You can find contact information for your Representative at www.house.gov (use the “Find Your Representative” box at the top right and then go to your member’s website and look for a Contact tab) and your two Senators at www.senate.gov (go to the “Senators” tab and then “Contact” to find the Senators from your state.)

说什么

告诉你国会的成员,他们需要确保美国农业局完成牲畜的起源(OOL)的最终规则这条规则是迫切需要的,以便在有关常规乳制品奶牛转变为有机乳制品的有机标准中的有关的有机标准中的漏洞。通过财政年度的2020年拨款进程,国会要求美国农业部在2020年6月17日之前完成了OOL最终规则。该截止日期快速接近,我们需要国会尽快结束美国农业部完成这一规则。您的会员会致电NOP并要求他们在6月17日截止日期?

Report Back

Email Patty@organicfarmerassociation.org if you received a positive response.