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2016 Certified Organic Survey released

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released results of the 2016 Certified Organic Survey. Precise and current information on organic farm sales and acreage is vital for all organic stakeholders. The Organic Trade Association welcomes USDA’s commitment to providing important information on organic agriculture through its farmer-based organic production […]

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Feedback sought on NOSB proposals

Proposals and discussion documents for the fall 2017 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting are now available for review and public comment. The fall meeting will be October 31-November 2 at the Omni Jackson Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. You can also view the Tentative Meeting Agenda. The Organic Trade Association will begin preparing draft comments […]

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2019 Sunset Review surveys still open

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is in the process of reviewing several of the fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. At its fall meeting, NOSB will VOTE on whether these production and handling inputs will continue to be allowed in organic. Although […]

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NOP actions underway on audit regarding trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the National Organic Program (NOP) have released a summary report on and audit of USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s controls over the approval and oversight of NOP’s international trade arrangements and agreements. Specifically, OIG reviewed the process used in determining whether exporting countries’ […]

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Civil Eats publishes article about animal welfare suit

As announced in last week’s News Flash, the Organic Trade Association has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to the agency’s delay in implementing the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) regulation, more commonly known as the organic animal welfare regulation. An article by Lynne Curry giving background and perspective […]

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Miles McEvoy to step down from NOP post

On Monday, long-time leader of the National Organic Program (NOP) Administrator Miles McEvoy announced plans to step down from his position at the end of the month and return home to the state of Washington. In his letter addressed to the Organic Community, McEvoy said he wants to return to the Northwest to spend more […]

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More time proposed for produce water standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing extending compliance deadlines on Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) provisions for produce water standards. Finalized in 2015, the water standards aim at keeping deadly pathogens like E. coli 0157:H7 out of water used to grow crops by increasing testing and monitoring efforts. The proposed extension […]

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Farm Bill Fridays

The House Agriculture Committee on Friday launched a new video series entitled “Farm Bill Friday,” and said it would release a new video from members of the House Conference weekly highlighting the importance of a strong Farm Bill for all Americans. Watch committee member Congressman Don Bacon of Nebraska kick off the Farm Bill Friday […]

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Fall NOSB meeting just around the corner

The fall 2017 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will be here before you know it. NOW is a great time to start brushing up on the issues and planning to weigh in on this important and informative process. Please lean on the Organic Trade Association’s Regulatory team as a resource, and let us know […]

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Take part in 2019 Sunset Review surveys

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is in the process of reviewing several of the fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. NOSB will VOTE on whether these production and handling inputs will continue to be allowed in organic at its fall meeting. Although […]

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