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

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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FDA publishes final guidance on voluntary GM labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this past Thursday published final guidance for companies who want to voluntarily label whether foods have or have not been produced or processed with genetically modified organisms. This guidance from FDA has been 14 years in the making: FDA released draft guidance on voluntary GMO labeling on Jan. […]

OTA convenes ‘Natural’ Claims Task Force

FDA is now accepting public comments through February 10 on the use of ‘natural’ claims on food labels. OTA is forming a task force in response to FDA’s request for information specific to organic. Its mandate is to assist OTA in developing comments to FDA on the use of the term ‘natural’ and to protect and uphold […]

Organic roots are spreading in Washington

So far, it’s been a slow news week in Washington, D.C., so we thought we’d share an interesting read from OTA’s latest Organic Report magazine about how organic is spreading its roots in the nation’s capital. Today’s crop of organic influencers is making a difference in agricultural policy, federal legislation, international affairs, food and health […]

OTA receives nearly $900,000 in market promotion funds

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service has announced it is awarding fiscal year 2016 funding to more than 60 agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for U.S. goods. The latest Market Access Program allocations include $889,393 to OTA for export promotion activities for organic in 2016, an 11 percent increase from its 2015 funding. OTA’s […]

FDA approves genetically modified salmon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved salmon that has been genetically modified for commercial production and sale. Developed by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies to grow faster than regular Atlantic salmon, this is the first genetically modified farm animal approved for sale in the United States. AquaBounty first sought approval for the product in 1995 […]

Research innovations highlighted in latest OTA magazine

Organic lettuce that can fight mildew and aphids, organic strawberry nursery stock with the potential to transform the organic berry sector, new varieties of organic food-grade barley able to be grown in the Pacific Northwest, an organic open-pollinated sweet corn whose seed can be saved for the following year, and educational grants and endowments to […]

Consumer and market insights: buy one, try one through year-end

Your trade association is the go-to source for intelligence about the organic marketplace and its shoppers. Each year, OTA publishes two flagship research products—the Organic Industry Survey and the U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study, to inform the business, media, government and other communities about the organic trade. Now through year-end, OTA members who […]

VIP tables and sponsorships still available for Center Benefit

The Organic Center’s Annual Benefit Dinner is the organic sector’s premier executive-level event at Natural Products Expo West. Now is the time to support The Organic Center with a tax deductible gift, and showcase your brand, at the largest organic industry event in Anaheim. You can support The Center’s work by reserving a table, or […]

Organic researchers weigh-in on organic checkoff

Organic agriculture research has traditionally been underfunded leaving organic farmers with very few tools to address agronomic challenges compared to their conventional counterparts. An insightful perspective on the potential for an organic checkoff, from Dr. Kathleen Delate of Iowa State University, and Dr. Jessica Shade of The Organic Center, was recently published on the CCOF […]

Free webinar on marketing orders

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crops Program is offering a free webinar on Marketing Orders & Agreements: Helping Farmers Help Themselves on Thursday, December 3, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern. The presentation will be hosted by Michael Durando, Director of Marketing Orders & Agreements Division. Registration is required and space is limited. Register now.