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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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More organic data released from 2012 Ag Census

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today released more organic data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture, showing U.S. certified organic producers are more likely to sell directly to consumers, produce on-farm renewable energy, and be younger, beginning farmers compared to conventional farmers. The 2012 Census of Agriculture Organic Special Tabulation released today provides national [...]

FDA seeks comments for proposed Food Safety Rule revisions

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially opened the comment period on its revised food safety proposed rules for the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The comment period deadline is December 15. The revised language on key provisions of the produce safety and preventive controls for human food rules was released in response to the extensive [...]

OTA’s draft NOSB comments are posted online

OTA’s draft comments on items on the fall 2014 NOSB meeting agenda are now posted online. OTA requests your feedback on comments for: Sulfurous Acid  Contamination in Farm Inputs Vaccines made with Excluded Methods Glycerin  Boiler Chemicals for Packaging Sterilization  Gellan Gum Research Priorities Excluded Methods Terminology Guidance on GMO Avoidance Accessing Soil Conservation Practices Please [...]

Comment due to NOSB by October 7

NOSB will accept written public comments until October 7 on proposals to be discussed at its fall meeting Oct. 28-30 in Louisville, KY. The meeting agenda along with a  summary of NOSB subcommittee recommendations is available on OTA’s members-only NOSB Report site. OTA always encourages its members to provide direct comment regarding NOSB recommendations. Individuals and organizations wishing to comment at the [...]

Educational seminars in Japan in November

OTA’s Export Program funded by USDA will hold educational seminars in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, in early November. The goal is to showcase the countless opportunities available to Japanese importers and retailers to offer U.S. organic products. The program will include presentations by OTA, USDA, MAFF (Japan’s version of the USDA), and an organic advocate [...]

Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative field day

Farmers in the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative (TOCMC) are holding their annual field day today in Lubbock, TX. Events include visits to organic cotton farms and organic cotton research facilities, with a hands-on view of organic cotton from farm to fabric. TOCMC markets the majority of organic cotton grown in the United States, and [...]

All Things Organic presentations available for download

This year’s All Things Organic Conference, held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East, delivered a thought-provoking program with critical information on the issues that impact your organic business. If you missed it, or would like to review the session presentations, click on the links below. We thank our presenters for offering their time and [...]

More unapproved GE wheat reignites concerns

Another discovery of volunteer wheat plants with an unapproved GE trait, this time in Montana, prompted OTA to hold a conference call with member stakeholders yesterday in preparation to write a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging that the agency take additional steps to safeguard agricultural markets, particularly those for organic. USDA’s Animal [...]

Reps urged to take part in IFOAM General Assembly

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) will hold its General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey, October 16 and 17 at the Harbiye Military Museum. The General Assembly, which begins at 9 a.m. on October 16, is the place where you can exercise your voting power and influence directly the strategic direction of IFOAM. You can [...]

USDA awards over $52 million for organic and local food systems

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has announced over $52 million in support for the organic industry and local and regional food systems through five U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant programs.  Most were authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill, including the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Foods Promotion Program,  and the National [...]