Path to Organic
Feb. 6 - State Rep. David Kessler, D-Berks, vice chairman of the House
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, today introduced
Pennsylvania's new "PATH to Organic" farming transitions program.
Kessler secured $500,000 in the 2008-09 state budget for the voluntary program.
"PATH to Organic will make farming more profitable and help the
environment. It will be a pilot program providing temporary financial
aid, during the transition period, to dairy, beef, vegetable and other crop farmers who want to convert from conventional organic agriculture," Kessler said.
"In the first two to four years, farmers who switch typically see
lower yields, but as the soil returns to a more natural state, their yields are the same as before, or better."
Request-for-proposal documents are expected to be available by March 30.
The full announcement is at www.pahouse.com/PR/130020609.asp
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