Klug, Cathlene: Klug Orchards / Green Organics

This is a Comment on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Notice: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: National Organic Program

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Our seasonal Michigan Fruit and Veg Organic Farm crops on over 100 acres we spend aprox 600 hours on documentation, seed search, records specifically for organic compliance we would not otherwise perform . Certification is aprox $1,000 fees and using our organic methods (ie vs roundup herbicide etc) initial costs are easily over $20,000 more. Some crops with less harvestable product or volume additionally cost another $3,000. The premium we can get for these in our area vs. conventional is not equal to the cost and energy spend for the difference, even vs larger Organic California corp flooding our mkt w shipped in Strawberries cheaper in our 3 wk season. We do know our Organic grown uses no petroleum fertilizers, is the simplest purest of substances for body digestion to recovering patients, and soil / microbial life dimension is still being shown as beneficial for future sustainability, also. Thank You.
Comment Period Closed
Aug 27 2013, at 11:59 PM ET
ID: AMS-NOP-13-0051-0019
Tracking Number: 1jx-86eb-7vxc

Document Information

Date Posted: Jul 18, 2013
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Submitter Information

Submitter Name: Cathlene Klug
City: Berrien Center
Country: United States
State or Province: MI
Organization Name: Klug Orchards / Green Organics
Government Agency Type: Federal