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Introduced in House (12/18/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4671


To assist and incentivize organic agriculture by expanding its access to, and eligibility for, Federal rural development and agricultural loan programs.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

December 18, 2017

Mr. Duffy (for himself and Mr. Welch) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


A BILL

To assist and incentivize organic agriculture by expanding its access to, and eligibility for, Federal rural development and agricultural loan programs.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Organic Farmers Access Act”.

SEC. 2. Expansion of access of organic agriculture to, and eligibility of organic agriculture for, Federal rural development and agricultural loan programs.

(a) Rural business development grants.—Section 310B(c)(3) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1932(c)(3)) is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (A)—

(A) in clause (iv), by striking “and” at the end; and

(B) by adding at the end the following:

“(vi) expand access to capital, infrastructure and technical expertise for, and expand market connections between certified organic farms (as defined in section 2103(4) of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990) and certified organic handling operations (as defined in section 2103(5) of such Act); and”; and

(2) in subparagraph (B)—

(A) in clause (iii), by striking “and” at the end;

(B) in clause (iv), by striking the period and inserting “; and”; and

(C) by adding at the end the following:

“(v) expanded access to capital, infrastructure and technical expertise for, and market connections between, certified organic farms (as defined in section 2103(4) of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990) and certified organic handling operations (as defined in section 2103(5) of such Act).”.

(b) Locally and regionally produced agricultural food products.—Section 310B(g)(9)(B)(iii) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1932(g)(9)(B)(iii)) is amended by inserting “, or certified organic farms (as defined in section 2103(4) of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990) or certified organic handling operations (as defined in section 2103(5) of such Act)” before the period.

(c) Value-Added agricultural product market development grants.—Section 231(b)(6)(A) of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 (7 U.S.C. 1632a(b)(6)(A)) is amended—

(1) in clause (iii), by striking “and” at the end;

(2) in clause (iv), by striking the period and inserting “; and”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(v) certified organic farms (as defined in section 2103(4) of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990) or certified organic handling operations (as defined in section 2103(5) of such Act).”.