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Staying engaged through farm bill hearings

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing this past Thursday on “Opportunities in Global and Local Markets, Specialty Crops, and Organics: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill.” Organic Trade Association CEO, Laura Batcha, shared an update with members after the event, including a summary of highlights from the hearing. Meanwhile, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael […]

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Comments submitted on the GMO labeling standard

The Organic Trade Association submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the 30 questions it posted on the USDA GMO labeling website for stakeholder input regarding the establishment of a GMO labeling standard. The GMO labeling bill passed last summer includes a congressional mandate to complete a study on digital or electronic […]

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Engaging policymakers in the field

In the lead up to developing the 2018 farm bill, Congress is busy hearing from producers both in Washington and around the country. Summer is a good time to engage with your member of Congress and their staff in the field. How can you get involved? Consider attending one of the recently announced listening sessions […]

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Preparing for Farm Bill in Ag Committee hearings

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday, July 13, on “Opportunities in Global and Local Markets, Specialty Crops, and Organics: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill.” There will be two organic witnesses on the panel: Ken Dallmier, President and COO of Clarkson Grain Company; and Theojary Crisantes, CEO and President of Wholesum […]

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Monday deadline for feedback for GMO labeling standard

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept stakeholder input concerning 30 questions on its website  regarding the establishment of a GMO labeling standard through Monday, July 17. The Organic Trade Association’s draft comments are now available to members. Submit your feedback to the questions to GMOLabeling@ams.usda.gov. The GMO labeling bill passed last summer includes a congressional mandate to […]

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Still time to join Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force

The Organic Trade Association is setting up a Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force to address a vulnerability recently revealed in the organic supply chain involving fraudulent imports of soybeans and corn from Turkey that violated U.S. organic regulations. Its mandate is to develop a best practices guide to use in managing and verifying […]

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2017 Sunset Review final rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published the Sunset 2017 final rule. This final rule removes the following three synthetic substances and five non-organic agricultural substances from the National List for use in organic production and handling: Lignin sulfonate (as a floating agent in postharvest handling), Furosemide, Magnesium carbonate, Chia, Dillweed oil, Frozen galangal, Frozen lemongrass, […]

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Feedback sought for GMO labeling standard

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has posted 30 questions on its website for stakeholder input regarding the establishment of a GMO labeling standard. OTA’s draft comments are now available to members. Feedback on the questions should be submitted to GMOLabeling@ams.usda.gov by July 17. The GMO labeling bill passed last summer includes a congressional mandate to complete a study on digital […]

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Urge Congress to support organic in ag funding

The Organic Trade Association is urging its members whose Representatives sit on the House Appropriations Committee to convey the importance of funding the National Organic Program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget to ensure effective oversight, robust investigations and enforcement across the entire supply chain. In addition, let them know not to interfere with […]

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Senators call on USDA to address organic import fraud

Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein, Debbie Stabenow and Patrick Leahy on Monday sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue calling for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase enforcement of imports fraudulently claiming to be organic. The three Senators wrote that increased enforcement is critical not only to ensure that U.S. farmers are competing […]

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