Erin Silva, Nate Lewis, and Jim Goodman
Saturday Session III
The USDA published the proposed Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order (the organic check-off) in the Federal Register last month, and is taking public comments through March 20. Our panelists will discuss both sides of this long-debated proposal, and take questions from the audience regarding how the program would work. Get the full story so you can make an informed comment to the USDA.
Erin Silva works for the University of Wisconsin-Madison on research and extension focused on developing and improving ecologically-based management strategies for organic vegetable and row crops, including the selection of vegetable varieties with superior performance under organic management.
Nate Lewis is the farm policy director for the Organic Trade Association, supporting OTA’s Farmer Advisory Council and its organic farmer members. He also provides analysis of policy issues that affect organic crop and livestock producers. Nate is a farmer, too, and is currently transitioning his farm to organic.
Jim Goodman has been a certified organic dairy farmer in Wonewoc, Wis. since 1999. He has been analyzing check-off programs since the 1980s.