MOA 2020 Policy Proposals Ballot November 10, 2020 Voting for policy proposals is for MOA members only. Please make sure you have renewed your membership for 2020. Join or Renew MOA Membership. Ballots must be submitted by 8 am on December 5, 2020. 2020 MOA Policy Proposal Ballot As a trade association, part of MOA’s mission is to lobby for organic food and agriculture and food issues. Co-chaired by Doug Crabtree and Nate Powell-Palm, the MOA Policy Sub-committee submits the following twelve proposals for your consideration. For more information on these proposals, visit the MOA website: MOA 2020 Policy Proposals. Email* MOA MembershipIs your MOA Membership Status current? Yes No Don't know MOA MembershipIf you're unsure of your MOA Membership Status, please let us know your name and the best way to reach you. Organic Research Funding by Federal and State Agencies1. MOA supports tying the percentage of research devoted to organic agriculture at the federal and state level to an amount equal to or greater than the percentage of food which is sold in the US as organic. Yes No Need more information Broadband Internet Service in Montana2. MOA supports federal, state, and private efforts to improve broadband internet across the state, in both urban and rural areas. Yes No Need more information Organic Farming and Unpredictable and Extreme Weather3. MOA recognizes organic farming as a means to mitigate the effects of unpredictable and extreme weather events. Yes No Need more information Organic Certification Cost Share4. MOA supports the Organic Certification Cost Share Program reimbursement rates to at least those set forth by Congress in the 2018 Farm Bill for 75% of organic certification costs or $750 maximum for each certification scope (crops, livestock, wild crops, and handling) or higher. Yes No Need more information Organic Certification for Montana's Extension Agents5. MOA supports having all county extension agents in Montana receive adequate instruction on organic methods to advise their constituents on this subject. Yes No Need more information Organic Farming Benefits6. MOA supports focusing on the value of nutrition, human health, environmental benefits, and dollars produced per acre or animal unit for organic production. (11/18/2020 language updated to include "human health" after MOA Policy Discussion). Yes No Need more information Local Food Processing and Food Hubs7. MOA supports all efforts to process more of Montana's organic food, which is produced in Montana and encourages the development of better distribution of these Montana products to local, regional, national, and international markets. Yes No Need more information Biocontrol of Disease, Weeds, and Pests8. MOA supports all efforts to develop organic biological controls of disease, weeds, and pests. (11/18/2020 the word "perfect" was changed to "develop" after MOA Policy Discussion Session). Yes No Need more information Soil Building Practices9. MOA supports all efforts to improve soil health-building practices in organic production. Yes No Need more information Nutrient Density Label10. MOA supports developing a nutrient density label so farmers might have a way to receive or demand higher prices for higher values of what they produce. Yes No Need more information Support of the United States Postal Service11. MOA supports the US Postal Service’s mission is to provide the nation with reliable, affordable, universal mail service; that it adheres to the basic functions to bind the nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people; and that it shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities. Yes No Need more information Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule12. MOA supports the USDA adopt and implement the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) as approved by the National Organic Standards Board. (11/18/2020 - language updated to include "adopt and" rather than implement only during MOA Policy Discussion). Yes No Need more information Additional CommentsProvide any additional information that will help the Policy Committee understand your position on the 2020 MOA Policy Proposals. CAPTCHAEmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.