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

NOP guidance on the National List

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Organic Program (NOP) published final guidance in the December 2 Federal Register on which non-synthetic or natural substances are allowed and which synthetic substances are prohibited on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). The result of over 13 years of work, the final guidance […]

OTA submits comments concerning enforcing organic claims

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) on December 1 submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on how FTC and USDA should respond to consumers’ perceptions of “organic” claims on non-agricultural products such as personal care products and textiles. OTA’s comments urge FTC and USDA to further define USDA’s scope of authority over “agricultural” products, […]

OTA comments on animal-raising claim documentation

OTA yesterday submitted comments to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on the agency’s guidance surrounding documentation to substantiate animal raising claims on packaged meat products. In its comments, OTA said it strongly believes that an organic certificate should be the only documentation required for animal raising claims verified through the organic certification process. Claims […]

Draft guidance on calculating organic percentages

The National Organic Program (NOP) has set a 60-day comment period ending February 6, 2017, on its draft guidance on Calculating the Percentage of Organic Ingredients in Multi-Ingredient Products. Although USDA organic regulations establish labeling categories for organic products based on the percentage of organic ingredients in the product, certifying agents have interpreted the requirements for calculating […]

OTA discusses policy issues at Montana conference

Last weekend, Montana Organic Association (MOA) held its 14th annual conference in Kalispell, MT. The event drew over 200 members of MOA, where participants engaged in a number of educational tracks including a policy session where OTA’s Farm Policy Director Nate Lewis spoke on top policy issues facing organic producers. MOA is a participating organization of OTA’s […]

Six new members join OTA in November

OTA members drive our work each and every day. We are pleased to welcome the following new members into OTA’s membership in November: Carmabe SA, Loewen Farm and Lumber, Organic Bliss Inc., Quancidine Gribble, Sheila Bird Farms Inc., and Wilbur Ellis.

Become part of Organic PAC

Now more than ever, we need to develop strong allies on Capitol Hill. The non-partisan Organic PAC helps us elect candidates who understand our point of view so that we won’t be shut out of issues affecting our industry. In this uncertain environment, we need to address challenges and find opportunities for organic. Organic PAC allows […]

Save the date: Webinar on international organic product prices

On December 21 at 2 p.m. EST, OTA’s International team will present analysis on organic product prices from store shelves around the world using a digital photo library gathered in country by OTA staff. The analysis includes information on over 2,000 products. We will also share the 2016 U.S. Organic Worldwide Program Calendar. Register now.

Fifty U.S. companies now certified to GOTS

Fifty companies in the United States are now certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Meanwhile, Canada has seven companies certified to the program. GOTS is the stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing—including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing—of apparel and home textiles made with organic fiber. The standard includes both […]

NSAC appoints next policy director

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has appointed Greg Fogel as its next Policy Director, effective January 3, 2017. Together with Jeremy Emmi, NSAC’s Managing Director since 2013, Fogel will help lead the organization.  Fogel, who currently serves as Senior Policy Specialist and Federal Budget and Appropriations Coordinator, was chosen from a field of over […]