By Dan Shapley
For the first time, Congress has heard from organic farmers and may include them in the hugely influential farm bill. The farm bill plays kingmaker in the world of crops. Anyone who doubts its influence need only consider the amber waves of corn filling such vast expanses of the heartland that one of the most common adjectives used to describe the traditionally rural pursuit is "industrial." Chemical-free - possibly even local and family-run - farms could see a real boost if Congress takes its cue from the farmers who testified.