April 26, 2012
The Organic Trade Association awarded Congressman Sam Farr, D-Carmel, the group's Public Servant Award on Wednesday.
Farr was honored for his "unwavering support and advocacy for organic farmers and the organic sector,” according to a statement by OTA board member Melody Meyer. Meyer, Central Coast resident, presented the award yesterday in Washington, D.C. during the trade association's annual policy conference.
Farr’s policy-level support of organic production dates back to the '80s. Then a state assemblyman, he successfully sponsored the 1990 California Organic Standards Act, the first state law defining organic agriculture. In Congress, he's pushed for continued funding to the National Organic Program and market data collection at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“The Central Coast has been a leader in organic from the beginning and getting involved in this movement was a no-brainer for me,” Farr said in a statement. “This industry continues to show us that doing what’s good for the environment and what’s good for industry economics are not mutually exclusive. Organic producers are creating jobs, while meeting an increase demand from health and environmentally conscience consumers. This is a win-win formula for our economy and the environment.”
Currently, Farr co-chairs the House Organic Caucus and is ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture.