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Organic Industry Gets Congressional Support, Chooses its Battles

Organic industry finds representatives and senators quite responsive but has few friends in the executive branch.

Sixteen months ago, USDA organic standards became the law of the land. But the ink was barely dry on the new USDA Organic labels before the organic industry was forced to wage fresh battles against hostile legislation in Congress and to ramp up campaigns to make emerging USDA regulations friendly to organic farmers. Led by the Organic Trade Assn. (OTA), the industry won a critical fight in Congress over the use of conventional feed in organic livestock operations. But it made

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