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NOP compliant microorganisms scheduled to expire in 2016
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Mark your calendar for Aug. 19 residue sampling webinar
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July edition of The Organic Scoop now available
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USDA Hosts Organic Event in NY

Farm producers and food processors are invited to join the USDA and local agricultural service providers on June 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., in Chester, New York, for a panel discussion, a meet-and-greet, and an extension training session. A variety of resources will be shared to grow and market high-quality organic agricultural products, including conservation [...]

Addressing the heath of pollinators

The White House has released its National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. It is intended to be a comprehensive approach to reducing the impact of stressors on pollinator health, including pests and pathogens, reduced habitat, lack of nutritional resources, and exposure to pesticides. Unfortunately, it only minimally addresses the [...]

Fly-in encourages mandatory GMO labeling

Last week, Just Label It—the campaign for mandatory GMO labeling—hosted a Washington, D.C., fly-in. Participants spent a day on the Hill advocating for members of Congress to co-sponsor the Boxer-DeFazio legislation that would create a mandatory labeling scheme for foods containing GMOs. They also encouraged members of Congress to oppose Congressman Mike Pompeo’s bill creating [...]

OTA’s consumer study results now available

The Organic Trade Association announced today the full results of its 2015 U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes & Beliefs Study are now available for purchase. The study, which closely tracks changes in market demographics, shopping patterns and consumer knowledge about the organic seal, provides insights to those with an investment in understanding the $39.1 billion U.S. [...]

Investigating e-commerce for organic products in China

OTA is in Guangzhou and Shanghai, China, this week to investigate e-commerce retail options for organic products. E-commerce is a growing retail channel in China with over 300 million Chinese consumers making purchases online. This is a particularly interesting channel for organic products because products sold through e-commerce do not need to be certified to the Chinese [...]

FAS posts release on organic at international trade shows

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has posted a release about bringing U.S. organic products to international trade shows. The article features OTA’s work in this area, and the opportunities for exporting U.S. organic products.

OTA to host discussion on expanding organic grains

The U.S. Organic Grain Collaboration is seeking input from farmers on a strategic plan to increase market opportunities and investments that will help to support the expansion of organic grain production (feed grade and food grade). The collaborative will host the discussion immediately following the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society’s field day at the NDSU Research Extension Center [...]

Call for nominations

COTA is calling for nominations for candidates seeking to run for the Board of Directors. Three seats are open for the 2015-2018 term. The COTA Board of Directors is accountable to the membership, sets the organization’s strategic direction, and provides fiduciary and legal oversight. Any COTA trade member in good standing may be nominated, with [...]

COTA member receive $500,000 in financing

Export Development Canada (EDC) this past week announced $500,000 in financing to DeeBee’s SpecialTea Foods Ltd., a Canadian manufacturer of organic tea-based frozen desserts. EDC, a strategic partner with COTA, is Canada’s trade finance agency, proving financing and insurance solutions locally and around the word to help Canadian companies with international business opportunities.

CFIA consultation underway

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced the next phase of its consultation on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), with a special focus on the impacts for micro- and small businesses. This will supplement the previous two rounds of consultations held in 2013 and 2014 on a new regulatory framework and approach for [...]