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NOP compliant microorganisms scheduled to expire in 2016
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NOP compliant microorganisms scheduled to exp…
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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House subcommittee reviews genetic engineering certification

This past week, the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research of the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing entitled “Review of USDA marketing programs.” Although not billed as a hearing on the Pompeo GMO labeling legislation, the hearing was a precursor to the full House Agriculture Committee’s consideration of that bill. The Pompeo legislation would set […]

Position paper sets stage for next Farm Bill work

Releasing an 11-page position paper entitled Research and Innovation: Strengthening Agricultural Research this past week, AGree called for better funding of agricultural research in the United States while increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of such research efforts. The paper includes nine recommendations to strengthen U.S. agricultural research and innovation—from advocating for increased congressional oversight, strengthening […]

Organic Acreage Stakeholder meeting

There will be an Organic Acreage Stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, July 14, at 4 p.m. (Central) immediately following the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society’s field day at the North Dakota State University Research Extension Center in Carrington, North Dakota. At the meeting, the U.S. Organic Grain Collaboration is seeking input from farmers on a strategic […]

Farmers Advisory Council holds summer meeting

This past week, OTA’s Farmers Advisory Council held its summer meeting where organic growers from around the country discussed the most pressing issues facing organic farmers. The group discussed concerns surrounding Whole Foods’ Responsibly Grown rating system, the rule-making process on an animal welfare standard at USDA, and how organic farmers can play a leadership role in […]

OTA launches 2015 Organic Industry Survey

OTA today announced that the full results of its 2015 Organic Industry Survey are now available for purchase. The study, which tracks dozens of categories and subcategories ranging from fruit to fiber, provides both raw data and strategic analysis for those with an interest in the $39.1 billion U.S. organic sector. OTA revealed initial findings […]

Organic networking event in Seattle

OTA and Theo Chocolate are inviting folks in the Pacific Northwest organic community to a free regional meeting and mixer on Thursday, July 23, at Fremont Foundry in Seattle. The event will kick off with a factory tour at Theo Chocolate, followed by a roundtable discussion across the street at Fremont Foundry about challenges and […]

Final call to support OTA’s Annual Fund!

OTA’s Annual Fund, which represents 20 percent of OTA’s annual budget, is a significant source of income that enables us to meet our goals on behalf of the members of the trade association. If you have not pledged your support to the campaign, which supports OTA’s important legislative, regulatory and media work, you can do […]

Early bird discount ends July 15 for Awards Celebration

OTA’s annual Organic Leadership Awards Celebration will be held at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, MD, September 16 from 6:30 to10 p.m.,  This memorable celebration will host OTA’s annual membership meeting and toast three inspirational leaders—honorees who will receive the Growing the Organic Industry, Rising Star, and Organic Farmer of the Year awards. […]

Last chance to submit entry for OTA corporate tagline

Here is your last chance to submit an entry for OTA’s corporate tagline contest. The goal is to replace OTA’s current tagline—“Cultivating a strong organic industry since 1985”—with a fresh and forward-looking tagline. The OTA Board’s 15-Year Vision Task Force will narrow down the results and select (or adjust) their favorite tagline. The winning tagline […]

Webinar on understanding organic labeling and other claims

Oregon Tilth (OTCO) will host a webinar on July 7 from noon to 1 p.m. Pacific Time on organic labeling requirements and other labeling claims. Join OTCO and OTA staff to learn about the intricacies of various label claims and how to ensure that your labels are compliant. Register for this free webinar online.