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Kubota Tractor Control Levers

There have been many attempts by manufacturers of all tractors including Kubota to standardise a number of the control mechanisms and levers that operate or allow an operator to use a Kubota tractor.

This standardisation applies to most modern day Kubota tractors, but care should be taken when operating an older version of a Kubota tractor to ensure that the controls are located in a manner that is understood by the operative of the tractor.

It is a golden rule when using any piece of machinery or operating any vehicle to fully understand the various controls that you need to be able to use. This is important both from a safety aspect, as well as from a simple point of view of be able to use the tractor effectively.

In order to do this a number of controls have been standardised. The brake control on a Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST, will be a foot pedal, which will be located, or should be located on the right-hand side of the Kubota tractor.

In addition there may be a handbrake, which is a leader which would have to be pulled to be engaged, and could be located on either the left-hand or right-hand side of the Kubota tractor

Clutch control is normally by way of a foot pedal. This should be located on the left-hand side of the floor space underneath the steering column or steering wheel of the Kubota tractor.

It is possible that there is a hand operated clutch mechanism, and this may be located on either the right or left hand side of the Kubota tractor if a hand operated clutch is fitted, it must be moved towards the driver in order to be disengaged.

The control layout for floor pedals is similar to that used in a manual or stick shift automobile.

A power takeoff control system is most likely to be a hand operated system, and can be located on either side where the driver sits in the control system of the Kubota tractor.

Kubota Tractor Safety Symbols.

There are a number of symbols that are used throughout the tractor world to symbolise various functions and malfunctions of both the machinery and the operation of the tractor.

These will be fully covered in the operator’s manual or the owners manual of the Kubota tractor that you should have. Any symbol that is unclear to as to its meaning, or seems confusing, make sure you refer to the operator’s manual for clarification.

These are some of the more common symbols and their meaning that are used.

Diesel – there will be a symbol which is normally that of a gasoline pump with a big D in the middle you that the Kubota tractor uses diesel rather than gasoline. When refuelling the Kubota tractor make sure that diesel is used otherwise it could be a very expensive and costly mistake.

There will be a symbol of a man sitting on a chair a strap across his knees remind you to use the seatbelt, if fitted.

Most if not all current Kubota tractors should be fitted with a seatbelt which in conjunction with the rollover protective system is the most effective safety device available to be used which will Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST. There is a temptation or tendency to dismiss a seat belt is being unnecessary.

This part is because of the misconception but a Kubota tractor does not do the speed normally associated with an automobile and therefore a seatbelt is not needed. A seatbelt is needed on a Kubota tractor for two reasons and should always be used. The first does relate to the speed of the Kubota tractor which whilst not matching that of an automobile can nevertheless get up to a significant speed level.

The other reason much more common, is that in the case of an overturn a very tight a seatbelt should help protect the driver of the operator from serious injury.

There will be the common symbol for alert, which is normally found in conjunction with another symbol such as that for the oil gauge. This, in addition with the ammatter symbols are designed to draw attention to the fact that there may be problems with the pressure operation.

If either of these lights come on you should stop the Kubota tractor immediately and seek advice as to how best to deal with the situation.

Kubota Tractor Control Systems

The control lever will work by being moved forward or upwards to engage and backwards or downwards to disengage.

There is a possibility of a combination clutch and PTO control. If this is fitted on a Kubota tractor it will be a foot operated combination which will be on the left-hand side of the floor space underneath the steering column. The operation will most likely be to move the pedal forward and possibly down as well to disengage the clutch and the PTO.

There is a possibility of a combination clutch and brake as well. If this is fitted to a Kubota tractor it will be a foot operated combination which again will also be on the left-hand side of the floor space underneath the exterior columnof a Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST.

There is likely to be some type of control mechanism for regulating the speed of the engine of the Kubota tractor. This is likely to be a hand operated control and is likely to be situated on the right-hand side of the seat where the operator sits in the Kubota tractor.

It is possible that the speed control is also situated near the steering wheel. There can be a difference in terms of the direction the control needs to be moved in in order to increase or decrease the speed of the engine. In which case make sure that the operator of the Kubota tractor is clear about firstly where the engine speed control is, and in which direction it needs to be moved both increase and decrease the speed of the Kubota tractor.

There will be an engine stop control fitted on the Kubota tractor. If this is a key switch, it needs to be rotated anticlockwise in order to stop the engine. If it is more of a pool push control it must be located within 6 inches of the key switch. It will need to be pulled in order to stop the engine.

Kubota b technology panel

It is also necessary to be clear about what the various controls do and where they are located in a Kubota tractor. They are likely to be three different mechanisms or types of control that are used in the functionality of the Kubota tractor. These are foot controls which are virtually always pedals.

There are hand controls which can be either levers, knobs or buttons. And there are likely to be one or two controls such as the throttle for the engine which are a combination of both hand and/or foot controls.

These controls operate the clutch, affect the speed of the engine, steer the Kubota tractor in the direction in which you want to go, stop the engine both in normal usage and an emergency, engage the PTO, and control a number of the electrical and hydraulic flow systems within the use of the Kubota tractor.

A modern day Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST, will have one if not more computers built into the running of the instrument panel. As technology increases more and more functions will be added to the instrument or control panel of the Kubota tractor.

These may be areas of technology deemed useful such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Internet usage. It is possible that modern day tractors, including a Kubota tractor also follow the route that a number of automobile Manufacturers are going down. This is where the manufacturer includes an automatic Facebook or Twitter account login screen in the instrument panel.

This may sound horrific to many people, but it is something that you might need to be aware of is a risk in the future.

Technology can play a major part in terms of automating some of the functions of a Kubota tractor. The real freedom is in the operator being able to adapt and use functions in a way that suits them and make their operation and usage of the Kubota tractor safer.

Kubota Tractors – Multitasking

The phrase multitasking has become commonplace, and is liked and disliked in equal measure by many people. It has a better meaning in an industrial or mechanical sense, and is actually an ideal phrase for understanding the nature and diversity of the work as a modern day Kubota tractor can do. It is not simply that a modern day Kubota tractor can do several tasks at once just for the fun of it because it is more productive.

It is actually in the nature of the work that a Kubota tractor is likely to do on a modern-day form a large area of land, that it is necessary, often vital to be able to manoeuvre several different tasks at the same time. The driver of a Kubota tractor will need to be able to control and use steering controls, shifting controls and use remote hydraulic controls at the same time.

This obviously depends to an extent on the nature of the task, but there are numerous examples where the work of a Kubota tractor will involve negotiating rough terrain or land, whilst engaged in the work that the Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST, is being designed to do.

Over the years all contract manufacturers have tried to standardise as far as possible the type and colour of control needed for different functions within the instrument panel or control panel of the tractor.

As such, if you’re using a modern day Kubota tractor is likely to be standardised with other manufacturers by way of colour coding of various controls, and where those controls are located within the operating cab of the tractor.

Whilst this is true of many modern day tractors, it will not necessarily apply to older tractors which may well still be in use on many farms and agricultural holdings nowadays. It is important therefore when using any Kubota tractor or any tractor by any manufacturer to be clear as to the age and stability of the tractor.

Kubota – why black is the new red

A Kubota tractor is by its very nature a far more complex industrial piece of machinery and many people will assume it to be.This is in part because of the technological advances both in terms of the nature of the work that a modern day Kubota tractor is expected to do, but also in terms of the nature of the design and manufacture of the Kubota tractor itself.

In addition there are a wide range of implements attachment that can be used on a Kubota tractor that will either transform the nature of the work that needs to be done, or make such work possible in the first place.

Thinking about safety on a Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST, is built into the design and manufacture of the tractor itself. Colour coding for many of the controls that are used on a Kubota tractor has become standard. This is an important design and feature of all modern day tractors, as it helps to group the various controls together into different functions.

It give the operator or user of a Kubota tractor the felt sense and confidence about what they are doing, which can be very important.

The colour black is used as an industry standard colour in the colour coding safety scheme to designate controls which position or adjust accessories or implements that are used on a Kubota tractor.

Some examples of these controls that are given to illustrate the nature of the colour coding system are – the control mechanism for the remote hydraulics, implement hitches, the choke for the engine, the control mechanism for adjusting the position of the steering column, lights flashers signals etc. Also items that are sometimes thought of as comforts in the operating cab of the Kubota tractor such as fans, radios etc .

As tractors of all manufacturers and makes, including Kubota, become more advanced, more and more technology would be built into the dashboard and instrument panel of the tractors. Things such as Bluetooth, MP3 players, Wi-Fi will all become standard on tractors, presumably including Kubota tractors.

These advances in technology will allow operators of a Kubota tractor to use them the tractor in a safer and more efficient and effective manner. As such it is likely that controls for these items will become colour-coded as an industry standard.

Any controls that become colour-coded should be adopted by Kubota as well, but the operator or driver of a Kubota tractor will need to identify for themselves what these controls are and what they do. This is needed to guarantee safe and effective operation of any Kubota tractor, whatever their controls may be.

Kubota Safety – Colour Coding

The instrument or control panel on a modern day tractor, including a Kubota tractor can seem almost overwhelming in terms of the number and nature of the controls. To aid in understanding how the Kubota tractor works there are a number of colour-coded systems that differentiate the various controls of the Kubota tractor, thereby making it easier to understand what they are various functions are in running and using the safe operation of a Kubota tractor.

These should be industry-standard colour-coded controls, but in any event check the operation of the Kubota tractor you are to use with an owners manual is available, if not then with an authorised dealer, or similar.

In the context of colour controls for the safe operation of a Kubota tractor, the colour yellow is designated for the various controls which operate and engaged mechanisms that use the tractor as a remote power source. These controls are often known as the PTO controls.

There are a significant number of different uses at a Kubota tractor can be engaged with, and some of these will use attachments or implements that need to be added onto the Kubota tractor before they can be used.

A number of examples are often given as to what colour-coded controls are on a tractor, including a Kubota tractor, such as the Kubota B series B 2320 HST, can be – these include PTO, cutter heads, feed roles, elevators and winches.

By far the most effective way of understanding the various controls of all colours on a Kubota tractor is to find one and play around with them. Playing around means using them and finding them and work out what their usage is with the tractor turned off and not in use. It is also a good idea if possible to find tractors made by other manufacturers and compare similar layouts and controls.

This might initially seem a bit confusing, but will actually give the owner or operator of a Kubota tractor a better felt understanding of the need for different controls, and how different manufacturers approach the layout. A Kubota tractor can vary by make and model from other manufacturers, and it is important for the operator or user of a Kubota tractor to familiarise themselves with the layout and functionality of the controls of the specific Kubota tractor that they will themselves be using.

Kubota run overs – safety

News report of an accident in Murphy’s California highlights the dangers of tractor run overs.

The incident involves a seventy five year man who was driving a Kubota tractor, parked it without engaging the break properly, got out of the tractor and was run over by it.

Apparently the tractor rolled over his legs stomach and chest before coming to a stop.

The news report says he was airlifted with moderate injuries, which must be a God send if that turned out to be the case. A sober warning for all of us.

Full story – The Union Democrat

Rebuild a Kubota engine

Repairing or rebuilding a kubota engine can be a major decision, and an expensive one, whether you get it right or not.

This site gives calot of really useful info about new engines, rebuild and kubota parts.

Rebuilt kubota engines can be used with some other manufacturers, so worth checking out.

County Sales and Service – click here

Kubota equipment – the farm as a work place

Kubota make a wide range of tractors, from their Kubota BX series, of which they call their estate tractors through to their TLB tractors, their tractor loader backhoe series.

In addition they make a number of other tractors and agricultural machinery that can be used on farms of any size as well as residential land, smallholdings and small businesses such as garden centres etc.

The Kubota BX Series, The BX 2660, the BX 2360 and the BX 1860 range from 18hp to 25.5hp, and all come with a number of safety features, including a category 3.1 hitch, and a ROPS as standard

The term farm can be misleading in some ways. This is partly because many people have a preconceived idea of what a farm is. From a point of view of looking at Kubota tractor safety, the same principles apply to thinking of the farm as a workplace, whether the land is one or two acres or several thousand.

Running a farm, whatever its size is a highly intensive business experience.

There are many factors that make running a farm unique and different to any other type of business, although these are often not recognised as such. Some of these factors are environmental ones, such as the weather meaning that work must be carried out in all types of conditions, both outside and inside buildings.

Often work must be carried out on land where there is poor visibility, either in daylight or early morning or late night. There is likely to be an overlap between the workplace and a home life, both in terms of physical environment, and work practices and boundaries.

It is much more likely that their will be children and teenagers and young adults in places where they could potentially be at risk from certain types of hazards. Some of these young people may be family members or employed on a farm or doing seasonal work.

It is also likely that people working on a farm will be physically isolated both from other people and from any emergency services that may be needed on any occasion.

This is not to say that farming is inherently dangerous, simply that there are unique and specialist types of hazards that need to be anticipated and catered for when planning what type of equipment to use on a farm.

One of the most common types of accident involves tractor overturns and run overs. Most modern day Kubota tractors have an ROPS fitted as standard, and if the operative has a seatbelt fitted as well, then that is the best safety protection available.

It is also very common for young children and teenagers to want to look at tractors whilst they are working, which means there are often up close or in an environment where the tractor driver may not see them.

Accidents like this to happen fairly regularly on farms and small holdings, but with a number of preventative and commonsense measures the majority of them can be avoided.

Kubota tractors, such as the L series tractors, are on the whole designed with a huge amount of safety features built into them. This is in part to ensure a high degree of safety for the tractor and the operator, but also with a very clear sense of the nature of the environment, the type of land that the tractor is most likely to be used on.

It is important always to remember that a tractor is a piece of agricultural machinery not a toy, whatever its size and whatever type of land it is being used on. The risk of injury on a farm is as likely as in any type of business in one sense, and it is important to recognise the need for health and safety implementation and structures.

These health and safety rules need to be applied both to personnel and machinery all types, such as tractors, garden tractors, atv’s and all types of industrial or agricultural machinery.

Kubota Tractor – Power Take Off Entanglement

Many people will have heard of what is known as power take off, often referred to as PTO, a term which can give a slightly misleading impression as to what it actually means.

Kubota tractor safety has a big part to play in understanding that a power take off stub, is a stub that transfers power from the tractor to any type of machinery that the Kubota tractor is powering.

The issue of Kubota tractor safety concerning a power take off stub, relates to the danger of an operative of the Kubota tractor getting their hand or another part of their body entangled in the PTO stub itself.

A PTO stub can rotate at approximately anywhere between nine and 17 times per second, so obviously is extremely fast. Any part of a human being that gets caught or entangled with a power takeoff shaft at that speed is likely to experience severe damage.

Kubota B Series Tractor safety

Most modern tractors, including Kubota tractors, have a guard that is fitted over the PTO shaft, that should prevent anyone touching it or getting near it and thereby preventing any damage to the operative of the Kubota tractor.

The real issue, as with much Kubota tractor safety, relates to older tractors, which will not have a power take off shaft or stub fitted, and it is up to the operative of the tractor to have one fitted themselves.

A similar issue arises with the rollover protection sstructures, which are fitted as standard to most modern day tractors including Kubota tractors, but which were not and are not fitted to many older tractors. Age of a tractor is an issue, for two main reasons.

Firstly is that Kubota tractors last, and are often used for anything up to 40 or 50 years, although such length of service is quite rare nowadays. Secondly is the issue of cost in terms of replacing tractors.

Kubota BX Series Tractor Safety

The cost of a new Kubota tractor can seem prohibitive in relation to the cost of maintaining and servicing an existing tractor, even if it is quite an old one. One of the real dangers with all tractor safety, is that people think that accidents only ever happen to other people, never to themselves.

This is certainly part of human nature, but can be a dangerous attitude in terms of safety both to oneself, family, employees and friends.

It is worth recognising that Kubota tractors are designed, manufactured and sold with a very heavy emphasis on safety.

This is in large part is because Kubota recognise that the safe use of an agricultural machine is as important in relation to every area of work as is the safety aspect of any automobile, van truck or other driveable machine.

Kubota Tractor – Run Overs

When considering Kubota tractor safety, the incidences of runover are an important factor, both in terms of research in showing that these are a significant number in terms of farm accidents, and also in terms of showing that to a large extent they are preventable, if certain basic safety protocols are adhered to by the operator of a Kubota tractor.

The dangers of a Kubota tractor run over fall into three main areas. The first is when a Kubota tractor is carrying more than one person, and that person falls off and is injured or damaged by being run over by the Kubota tractor.

It is perhaps one of the most basic rules of tractor safety that only one person should be sitting or driving the tractor at any one point. Kubota tractors are designed to be used only by one person, and the dangers and risks of having another person on the Kubota tractor at the same time can be severe.

Kubota B Series Tractor Safety

There may be more than one person on a tractor for a number of reasons. It may be that if the driver of a Kubota tractor is either young or inexperienced, there may be another person standing next to them on the tractor giving advice or showing them how they should be driving it.

It may be that a Kubota tractor driver wants to have a friend along and now sharing the cab all the seat with them.

It may also be that the Kubota tractor driver wants to have one of their children or siblings along with them whilst driving the tractor. It cannot be stressed too much, that all of these scenarios are potentially extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.

A Kubota tractor is designed specifically to have one person on at any time and only one person.

The other danger of run overs is to the operator or operative of the Kubota tractor themselves. Accidents of this type happen when for any reason the operator of the Kubota tractor is knocked off the tractor whilst it is in motion and subsequently run over. This quite often happens on older tractors where there is no rollover protective system, and the driver can be knocked off the tractor by a low hanging branch or other obstacle or hazard.

Kubota BX Series Tractor Safety

An operator of a Kubota tractor can also be run over if they leave the tractor in order to do any type of adjustment or work on the tractor, without first having made sure that the engine is switched off and that any parking protocols are in place so the tractor cannot move.

Often an operator will do things quickly because they are in a rush, but this but this is an area where great care should be taken.

The other type of runover incident involves the driver of a Kubota tractor either hitting or being in collision with a person on the ground that they are unaware of. This can quite often happen with young children or adolescents who are attracted to the sight or noise of a tractor and want to see it up more closely.

The really important safety feature here is the realisation that driving a Kubota tractor of being aware that other people are in the vicinity where it is being used, and to make absolutely sure that there are no children or adolescents anywhere near the Kubota tractor when it starts up or whilst is being used.

Risks such as this are a real reminder to the driver of a Kubota tractor that a farm is a very real workplace and there is a need for very real health and safety understanding, both when using a Kubota tractor, and for an understanding of the environment around where the Kubota tractor is being used,

This applies both in terms of the actual environment of land and buildings, and the people who live or work on the farm as well.

Kubota – Agricultural tractors

Kubota b or bx series tractor safety is perhaps one of the most important aspects to learn and understand in order to use a Kubota b or bx series tractor to its maximum effect, both in terms of ensuring that the work is carried out in an effective and safe manner, without any sense of risk, or minimal sense of risk to the operative of the Kubota b or bx series tractor or Kubota b or bx series agricultural machine.

Understanding that a Kubota b or bx series tractor has been designed to do very specific jobs of work is an important mindset to develop. There is often a belief that a Kubota b or bx series tractor is almost a sort of farm toy, or at least an agricultural machine that does not need to be taken as seriously as a number of other agricultural machines.

A Kubota b or bx series tractor can have either narrow and wide front ends, can be either two wheel drive or four-wheel-drive or articulated. What are referred to as articulated Kubota b or bx series tractors tend to be very large machines, that are normally only operated by extremely experienced operatives and used on large agricultural projects.

An important safety aspects of most if not all current Kubota b or bx series tractors is what is known as a rollover protective structure, which is effectively a metal bar designed to prevent serious damage to the driver of the Kubota b or bx series driver in the event of the Kubota b or bx series tractor turning over.

Kubota Tractor – b series safety

A Kubota b or bx series tractor will have been designed with a number of work purposes or types of jobs specifically in mind. A Kubota b or bx series tractor will be able to move loads, have a remote power source, be an implement carrier and be a transport unit.

Understanding the specific types of work and jobs at a Kubota b or bx series tractor has been designed to do is important in terms of understanding the safety protocols that need to go with operating a Kubota b or bx series tractor.

Understanding the work of a Kubota b or bx series tractor is also important as being able to distinguish it from being something that can be played around with, or used for things such as tractor races, which would always be discouraged.

Kubota Tractor Safety Concerns

Learning about Kubota b or bx series tractor safety is something that can be done in a variety of ways and something that should be encouraged in a formal sense as well as in the practice of learning on the job when driving the Kubota b or bx series tractor.

Things such as watching or taking photos or video footage of Kubota b or bx series tractors in use can show how they are meant to be operated in a safe and practical manner. There are many videos on YouTube and many pictures online showing Kubota b or bx series tractors in their true environment.

There are also a number of newspaper and magazine articles and pictures showing different types of tractors, including Kubota b or bx series tractors doing different jobs of work. These will help to emphasise the practical work of Kubota b or bx series tractors and to say it as an effective agricultural machine, to say in its true light.

Rural Health Initiative

An interesting initiative in Wisconsin highlights both a potential problem concerning health insurance for dairy farmers as well as a possible solution.

The rural health initiative, a non-profit, has identified that just under 1/5 of dairy farm families in Wisconsin have no health insurance.

Equally of those who do, the health insurance coverage they have is fairly limited in many ways.

The issue of health provision on farms is much more complicated is then simply identifying risk as in a normal business or for a regular family.

The rural health initiative is a program designed to visit farms and farm families at their place of work and in a variety of ways help them to identify health risks, farm safety risks, to do various screenings to identify potential health risks, and to help educate farmers and their families on a wide range of medical and health issues.

For a detailed news and assessment on Fox News click here

To access the rural health initiative website click here

Value of USDA Census ?

The United States Department of Agriculture is saying that there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Census of agriculture that was distributed to farmers and ranchers approximately one month ago.

They are saying that 25% of the questionnaires have already been returned, and they are doing their best to deal with all the questions have arisen.

The questionnaires are due to be completed by February 4, and may be submitted either online or by regular mail.

It will be interesting to see how the USDA uses this information, and whether the final basis of assessment is one of real benefit to those who work in agriculture.

Full report click here

Anyone with questions about the census please click here

Oregon showing the way…………

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has recently undertaken a remarkably candid assessment of the problems and strengths that currently characterise  agriculture in the state of Oregon.

The intent of the report was primarily to compare Oregon with neighbouring states, with a view to understanding where it might be lacking, and as such would be able to demonstrate what could be done to make it better.

The main recommendations of the report are listed below, and a full copy of the report can be accessed by the link below the recommendations. Perhaps most important thing about the report, is the fact that the Department of agriculture was willing to honestly assess what the problems were in the first place.

The value of this is very much in the fact that if you demonstrate what a specific problem is then a solution or potential solutions tend to flow very  naturally from such an analysis. It makes it much harder to argue against implementing solutions, although politicians will always need to assess the viability of any such solution.

The report makes its recommendations as policy recommendations to politicians in Oregon, and those that can be implemented easily, will have much more weight attached to them.

Those that are more difficult to implement will nevertheless provide a long-term framework, that will serve a valuable purpose. The report also acts to serve as a model for other states, and for many other industries as a way of providing a solid basis for advancing recommendations of policy, but are rooted in a natural flow from an analysis of specific problems or areas that are lacking and can be improved.

 

Priority policy recommendations to the legislature, governor, and regulatory agencies

  1. Ensure access to irrigation water (statewide).
  2. Expand markets and increase sales locally, regionally, and internationally.
  3. Support truck transportation, but begin to maximize rail use, and barging and other water modes, to move product to market more efficiently.
  4. Provide relief from the high cost of inputs, including taxes, energy, and labor.
  5. Encourage management of natural resources in a way that enables farming while protecting water, soil, air, habitat, and endangered species.
  6. Support a land use system that protects farmland for farm use.
  7. Support high quality research and experiment and extension services that enable growers to diversify cropping and capitalize on unique geographic micro-climates and soils, and to remain competitive in a world market.
  8. Offer assistance for food processors—as key markets for growers—with technical and financial help to address wastewater permits that incorporate recycled, reclaimed, or reused water methods and technologies.
  9. Help growers meet new food safety standards that are becoming more stringent and costly.
  10. Help young or new farmers and transitional family farmers successfully become the next generation of aspiring producers.

 

Oregon Department of Agriculture – report into state of Oregon agriculture, click here

Not helping organic ……..

Interesting article on the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition website, explaining  why only sixteen states are able to apply for federal aid with regard to national organic certification programs, and why thirty four other states are not able to.

 

The federal aid comes via the Agricultural Management Assistance program (AMA) . This has more to do with the fiscal cliff than with any debate about organic farming, or any debate about federal aid, but does raise huge concerns about the future of organic farming for a simple reason.

 

Organic farming depends on trust and credibility to justify higher prices on produce to consumers. Key to that trust is certification of  organic produce. Anyone can pretty much use the word organic to mean what tehy want.

 

For proper organic farming, it is essential to have national standards of certification, that everyone can judge produce and farming accordingly. This is now less likely……

 

Read full article here

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition  website here

Agricultural Management Assistance program here