Fiona Ma for State Assembly

Assembly Approves Ma's Farm Bill

A bill by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, to encourage farmers to transition to organic passed the state Assembly, 60-16, on Tuesday. The bill establishes a fund that would offer a maximum payment of $250 per uncertified farm to help cover their administrative and operational expenses if they switch to growing organic produce. A federal program also offers would-be organic growers up to $750.