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Honest Kids now in McDonald’s Happy Meals

McDonalds has announced that it will start carrying Honest Kids in its Happy Meals starting in November. “This is a big deal for the organic movement,” Seth Goldman who co-founded Honest Tea about two decades ago, noted, adding that this will be a step to help cut calories as Honest Kids beverages offer only 35 […]

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USDA seeks stakeholder input on research priorities

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking input from stakeholders to prioritize agricultural science research, identify gaps in programming, and determine which programs are redundant or underperforming. As part of this, the agency will hold four in-person listening sessions in different regions of the country to help outline what priorities NIFA should […]

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GMO labeling study finds problems with QR codes

On July 29, 2016, then President Obama signed the National Bioengineered Disclosure Standard, requiring mandatory disclosure of GMO ingredients in food products in the United States, with implementation slated for late summer 2018. In favor of national mandatory labeling of genetically engineered products, the Organic Trade Association has expressed concern whether all consumers would have […]

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Certified organic handler survey

A new research study entitled The Relationship between Handlers and Farmers in the Organic Sector, supported by Professor Carolyn Dimitri of New York University, seeks input from certified organic handlers nationwide. This study has several intended benefits for the organic sector, including the identification of: (1) the technical and economic assistance companies provide to organic […]

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Enjoy and share the latest Organic Report

In addition to print copies that should have appeared in your mailboxes recently, the summer edition of the Organic Trade Association’s Organic Report magazine is now available at TheOrganicReport.com. Check out what is inside this issue, and make share to share your favorite stories and articles with your personal networks. From the cover article on […]

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New organic livestock management course

Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA, is offering a new Organic Livestock Management course this fall semester. Rodale Insisutt4e Farm Manager Ross Duffield is teaching the course. Students will learn to manage organic livestock through lectures, discussions and field trips, and will gain hands-on experience with a variety of livestock. The course will also cover […]

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Annual Fund needs your support

The Organic Trade Association’s Annual Fund campaign has reached $884,759 toward the $1 million goal. We have extended the Annual Fund deadline to meet this goal. Please pledge support of the 2017 Annual Fund Campaign and join the many trade association members who have contributed this year! The Organic Trade Association extends its thanks to […]

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Serve your industry on USDA advisory committee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is currently accepting nominations from qualified fruit and vegetable industry members to fill ten seats on its Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee. This committee provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on issues related to the programs and services USDA provides to the produce industry. The Organic […]

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Inching up toward our Annual Fund goal

The Organic Trade Association’s Annual Fund campaign has reached $882,359 toward the $1 million goal. We have extended the Annual Fund deadline in order to meet this goal. Please pledge support of the 2017 Annual Fund Campaign and join the many Trade Association members who have contributed this year! The Organic Trade Association extends its […]

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Organic & Non-GMO Forum 2017

The third annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Oilseeds and Grains at the Crossroads will take place November 6-7 in St. Louis, MO.  The forum brings together handlers, buyers and processors to address current and future challenges in meeting growing demand for organic and non-GMO products and other emerging opportunities for specialization in conventional agriculture. This […]

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