Because the USDA wants organic agriculture to grow and thrive, they promote organics in several ways, including the following:
- Leveling the playing field with clear standards
- Offering organic certification so farmers can receive premium prices for products
- Investigating consumer complaints
- Taking action against those that violate the law
- Offering funding opportunities
According to the website USDA Organic , funding opportunities include “conservation grants, organic crop insurance, and simplified microloans. To learn more about USDA programs and how they support organic agriculture, view the USDA’s Organic Resource Guide.”
Jobs for youth and veteran USDA Press Release No. 0142.16 on June 7, 2016 reported that “the U.S. Forest Service and partners have invested over $11 million to support work and training opportunities for more than 1,500 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands in fiscal year 2016. The funds support the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), a public-private initiative to connect America’s youth and veterans with job opportunities that conserve and sustain our natural and cultural resources.” It is anticipated that 1500 jobs will be available all across the United States. To learn more about this opportunity, go to USDA.gov and search the press release number listed above or click here.