Targeted regulatory, legislative, and marketing news and information for the organic business community.

Millennial parents the largest organic-buying group

According to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2016 Tracking Study, parents in the 18- to 34-yeer-old age range are now the largest group of organic buyers in the United States. Findings from the study, conducted online February 25 through March 4, showed Millennial parents are more aware of the […]

Not too early to help shape the next U.S. Farm Bill

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is encouraging producers and handlers to participate in its Farm Bill survey to provide feedback on new policy priorities for the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill. Major topics that are addressed in the survey include production concerns; marketing, funding, regulatory, research, and extension barriers; and past Farm Bill evaluation. Each survey […]

Fall 2016 NOSB meeting proposals now posted

The National Organic Program (NOP) has posted the Proposals and Discussion Documents to be discussed and voted on the next National Organic Standards Board meeting (NOSB) Nov. 16-18 in St. Louis, MO. Major topics include hydroponics & container production, carrageenan, phosphates in organic processed foods, excluded methods terminology, removal of Ivermectin from the National List, strengthening organic seed requirements and 2017 […]

Submit comments on draft guidance on treated lumber

The National Organic Program (NOP) has announced the availability of a Draft Guidance document intended for use by accredited certifying agents and organic producers. The draft guidance document, entitled “Treated Lumber (NOP 5036),” is intended to inform the public of NOP’s current thinking on this topic. More specifically, the guidance addresses: How lumber treated with prohibited substances affects a […]

Senator Stabenow proposes urban ag bill

U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has introduced a bill entitled the Urban Agriculture Act of 2016 aimed at making urban farms of all types eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and setting up an office of urban agriculture within the agency. In making the announcement, Senator Stabenow explained that this […]

Funding fight continues on Capitol Hill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) bill to fund the government until December 9, known as a continuing resolution or CR, is expected to go through a vote today. If the CR does not pass both Chambers of Congress and get signed by President Obama by this Friday, there will be a government shutdown. Democrats […]

OTA celebrates banner year, honors leaders

Celebrating its strongest growth in membership in five years, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) drew hundreds of members this past Wednesday evening in Baltimore to its annual Organic Leadership Awards dinner to pay tribute to inspiring organic visionaries who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing the organic sector. Honored during the dinner were the farmers […]

OTA welcomes new Member Engagement Coordinator

Hannah Micheaux has joined the Organic Trade Association team as the Member Engagement Coordinator. In her role, she will work closely with all member communities and help to enhance member engagement programs, including the first year member program. Hannah comes from Florida Farm Bureau and is excited for this new opportunity.

Antibiotic resistance is focus of science panel

The Organic Center hosted a science discussion panel entitled “All Things Organic: Combating Antibiotic Resistance” at Natural Products Expo East. Panelists included Dr. Tracy Misiewicz (Associate Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center), Ron Holter (organic dairy farmer with Organic Valley Cooperative) and Dr. Hubert Karreman (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and farmer). The panel […]

Environmental benefits of organic agriculture discussed

Last week, Dr. Tracy Misiewicz (The Organic Center) discussed the science supporting the environmental benefits of organic agriculture as part of the All Things Organic educational track at Natural Products Expo East. The presentation, moderated by Michael Berger of Elevation Burger who is a member of The Organic Center’s Board of Trustees, covered how methods […]