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COTA releases The State of Organics report

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) this week released The State of Organics: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report, the first in what it plans to be an annual offering. This report analyzes and tracks the existing Canadian organic regulations, policies and programming within the federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments. As the first report of its kind, […]

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Calculating the true cost of food

EOSTA, an international distributor of organic fruit and vegetables based in the Netherlands, has released a groundbreaking report studying the “true cost’ of producing organic fruit compared with conventional products. One of the major findings of the report, which focuses on consequences of food production that never feature in balance sheets such as impacts on […]

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Make your voice heard in the 2017 Agriculture Census

Do you have a new farm or didn’t receive a Census of Agriculture form in 2012 but would like to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture?  If so, you only have until this Friday, June 30, to sign up to complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural […]

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Textile Exchange releases guide to organic cotton

Textile Exchange has released Quick Guide to Organic Cotton, an overview of the positive impacts of organic cotton, including frequently asked questions and supporting facts that indicate organic cotton is the preferred fiber choice compared to chemically produced counterparts. The guide explains the top reasons to support the expansion of organic cotton agriculture, plus sections […]

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Rep. Chellie Pingree calls for organic label protection

Responding to recent investigative reports revealing gaps in the organic certification process concerning imports, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine published an article in Civil Eats on June 22 entitled “We Must Act to Protect Integrity of the Certified Organic Label.”  Pointing out that the value of organic businesses depends on customers trusting that they get […]

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Mark Lipson returns to the Organic Farming Research Foundation

Mark Lipson, a 30-year veteran of the organic industry, has returned to the staff of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) as Senior Policy and Program Specialist. He previously served as Policy Director of OFRF from 1995 to 2010. He then served as the Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of […]

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Darci Vetter addresses fraud issue

Ambassador Darci Vetter, an international trade and agriculture consultant and a former Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, has written an opinion piece in Agri Pulse prompted by the recent discovery that corn and soybeans were imported from Turkey into the United States under the organic label, but clearly weren’t.

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Webinar offered again for organic handlers

On June 14, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) hosted a one-hour training webinar for organic handlers on Organic Integrity in the Supply Chain. NOP will offer the webinar again on June 28 for those who may have had audio issues or could not participate in the first webinar. NOP also has available […]

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Organic & GMO labeling highlighted during Senate hearing

On Tuesday during a Senate hearing to review the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request, Senator Jeff Merkley (OR-D) asked Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue about the implementation status of the GMO labeling bill passed by Congress last July. At that time, the mandate was to complete a study by July 29, […]

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Twelve new members join OTA in May

Organic Trade Association (OTA) members drive our work each day. We are pleased to welcome the following new Trade members into OTA’s membership during May: Apeel Sciences, Fagundes Bros. Dairy, Heavenly Vibes Organic Farm, Karmalize LLC, Nature Pearls America Inc., Organic Production Services LLC; Papa John’s, Shenandoah Growers Inc.,Tanimura & Antle, and 23.4 Tilt. We […]

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