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Take action: support the organic animal welfare rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has postponed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule for at least six months, and has published a notice asking for input on whether to suspend the rule indefinitely, delay it further, or withdraw it. The comment period to give feedback on these options […]

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Take action on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule

This past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) postponed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule for at least another six months, from May 19 until November 14, and published a notice asking for input on whether to suspend the rule indefinitely, delay it further, or withdraw it. In […]

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Bipartisan bill to invest in organic ag research

The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center, on Tuesday, applauded Representatives Chellie Pingree  (D-ME), Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) for introducing the Organic Research Act of 2017, which invests in the Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) to meet the needs of the growing organic sector. The Organic […]

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Organic sector to convene in D.C. next week!

Next week is the Organic Trade Association’s  2017 Policy Conference. From policymakers to those passionately involved in organic operations, this premier organic advocacy event has something for everyone. The program will feature such speakers as Jayson Werth (an MLB All-Star and World Series Champion and organic farmer), Members of Congress from both sides of the […]

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Animal welfare bill delayed once again

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today published two notices in the Federal Register to postpone the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Production (OLPP) final rule past its May 19 date and to open comments for the next 30 days, until June 9, to consider four possible options on how to proceed: […]

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Not-to-be-missed Policy Conference in D.C.

The schedule for the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Policy Conference is available online, and it is a not-to-be-missed event. From policymakers to those passionately involved in organic operations, this premier organic advocacy event has something for everyone. The program will feature such speakers as Jayson Werth (an MLB All-Star and World Series Champion and organic […]

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New day, new view for OTA’s Congressional Reception

At #OrganicWeekDC this year, OTA’s annual Congressional Reception will take place on Tuesday, May 23, following Member Business Day activities. The event will take place at a new venue – Capitol View at 400 – offering breathtaking views atop the Hall of the States, where OTA has its Washington, D.C. headquarters. Join policymakers and leaders […]

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Organic interests call for animal welfare rule

A coalition of over 300 certified organic livestock and poultry producers signed a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue late Friday urging that the Organic Livestock and Poultry Production (OLPP) final rule become effective on May 19 without further delay. As a result, a last-minute attempt to add in language to the appropriations bill that […]

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Not-to-be-missed Policy Conference in D.C.

The schedule for the Organic Trade Association (OTA) 2017 Policy Conference is now available online, and it is a not-to-be-missed event. From policymakers to those passionately involved in organic operations, this premier organic advocacy event has something for everyone. The program will feature such speakers as Jayson Werth (an MLB All-Star and World Series Champion […]

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Sonny Perdue now Secretary of Agriculture 

On Monday evening, in a vote of 87 to 11, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. His main task over the coming year will be working with Congress and coordinating the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) input on the next five-year farm bill, with farm policy set […]

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