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Fetterman, Braun introduce organic agriculture research bill to protect funding

By: - September 12, 2023 5:00 am

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman, D-Pa., chairs a Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry subcommittee hearing to examine the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other nutrition assistance programs. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. Sens. John Fetterman, D-Pa., and Mike Braun, R-Ind., this week introduced legislation to support organic agriculture research. 

The bipartisan bill, known as the Streamlining Organic Research Act, would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the feasibility of certifying more research land as organic, and by protecting mandatory funding for the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), which supplies grants to universities and other organizations for organics research.

In the last two years, Penn State University has received $5 million for organic research through the initiative. 

“Our farmers are some of the best in the world, and we have to support them in every way possible,” Fetterman, who serves on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said. 

Fetterman has previously joined Senate colleague Bob Casey, D-Pa., in introducing a bill to establish a grant program for farmers and agricultural producers making the transition to organic farming. 

Pa. Sens. Fetterman, Casey introduce bill to expand funding for organic farming

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.