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USDA announces $300 million for Organic Transition Initiative

On June 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a Food System Transformation framework that includes up to $300 million for a new Organic Transition Initiative. The funds will provide support for farmers transitioning to organic production through technical assistance, farmer-to-farmer mentoring, direct financial assistance and additional crop insurance assistance, and market development support in targeted markets. The new initiative acknowledges that organic production has a positive impact on climate and the environment.