House Ways and Means Committee members on Tuesday voted to support a farm bill that would allow the USDA to purchase farm-raised vegetables and grains from farmers who have been certified organic and certified gluten-free, according to an aide.
The bill, introduced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernard (Bernie) SandersOn The Money: Bombshell NY Times report on Trump’s tax returns | US imposes tariffs on Chinese goods | Trump signs $1.1 trillion farm bill | GOP holds emergency vote on farm bill MORE (I-Vt.), would allow consumers to purchase wheat, barley, rye and oats from the USDA.
It would also exempt wheat from federal sugar tax and would require farmers to report their organic certification to the USDA annually.
The measure also would require that organic crops grown on farms certified organic be labeled “organic.”
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