Obama Supports Organic Farming with $50 Million
It's official. The United States government has finally put its money where its mouth is by backing organic farming.
$50 million in federal funding has been set aside to teach sustainable farming skills like natural nutrient management, crop rotation and organic pest control to farmers who want to make the switch from traditional to organic farming practices.
The announcement meets the Obama Administration's promise to encourage more organic agriculture production under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
According to the USDA press release, farmers hoping to take advantage of the training must apply for funding between May 11 and May 29, 2009 - a tight cut-off date considering the program was announced May 5.
While this is certainly a step in the right direction for the farming
industry and for greener government policy, $50 million out of the $787
billion stimulus package seems a little bit like a drop in the bucket. Stay tuned for more on how the Obama administration plans to support their green agenda.