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Organics May Get Checkoff
Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent
Thu May 16, 2013 10:31 AM CDT

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- The organic food industry is likely to get a checkoff in the next farm bill.

In a major victory for the organic food industry, the House Agriculture Committee approved a bill to allow the Agriculture Department to develop a process to establish an organic checkoff for promotion, over the objections of House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla.

The Senate Agriculture Committee's farm bill also contains a checkoff provision. Under congressional rules, if both bills contain a measure, it is supposed to be in the conference report that both houses consider before sending it to conference.

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