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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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OTA files comments with USDA on origin of livestock

OTA’s final comments on USDA’s proposed rule change on origin of livestock were posted yesterday. Our comments, shaped by OTA’s Origin of Livestock Task Force, are now available to review. The proposed rulemaking aims to level the playing field for all organic livestock producers in how they bring new animals into their operations. OTA generally supports the […]

Pompeo GMO labeling bill passed by House

The U.S. House of Representatives on July 23 passed legislation (H.R. 1599) that would establish a voluntary federal standard for labeling foods and beverages containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), while blocking states from creating their own GMO labeling laws. Such legislation has yet to be considered by the Senate. Absent a federal mandate, OTA strongly believes […]

NOP issues memo on biodegradable bio-based mulch films

On July 24, NOP issued a memo to NOSB regarding the availability of a new summary report on biodegradable bio-based mulch film. The memo and report come after NOP’s policy memo issued this past winter that clarified the review requirements for biodegradable mulch films recently allowed in organic production. The policy memo stated that biodegradable bio-based […]

FDA issues food safety proposed rule concerning imports

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a proposed rule and draft guidance related to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to provide more direction for foreign suppliers and food importers. The proposed rule sets user fees for third-party auditors and certification bodies of foreign suppliers, while the draft guidance lays out […]

AMS reports USDA efforts to support organic agriculture

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which administers the National Organic Program, has reported a summary of what other USDA agencies are doing to support organic agriculture. Among the efforts are the following: Risk Management Agency—more effective insurance coverage for organic crops, and better risk management tools for organic producers National Institute for Food and Agriculture—has provided […]

OTA schedules de-briefing on Taiwan trip

Join OTA’s International Team tomorrow from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern for an informational webinar on OTA’s visit to Taipei by Senior Trade Advisor Bob Anderson and Associate Director for International Trade Monique Marez. If you are a certifier or trader with products bound for Taiwan, this webinar will be of great interest. Sign up (you […]

Don’t miss webinar on U.S./Swiss equivalency

Join OTA’s International Team Friday, July 31, from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern for an informational webinar on the new U.S./Swiss equivalency arrangement signed earlier this month. The webinar will cover details of the agreement, FAQs, and required documentation. Sign up (you must register to attend). For more information, contact Monique Marez.

Down to the wire to vote in OTA’s Board election

The closing date of July 29 is upon us for the OTA Board of Directors election. We have an impressive slate of candidates. If you are the voting contact for your company, please make sure to cast your ballot. You may either send back the paper ballot OR use the voting code that was sent […]

Successful organic networking event in Seattle

OTA’s regional meeting and business roundtable for the Pacific Northwest organic community this past week was a huge success. The Seattle event, hosted by OTA Board member Melody Meyer, brought together over 70 current and prospective members representing all sectors of the organic industry. During the roundtable discussion, participants discussed supply chain challenges, possible assistance […]

Learn about Organic PAC at Expo East

Organic PAC is the only Political Action Committee working to advance organic agriculture and trade in order to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy by supporting candidates for Congress who understand the interests of OTA’s members and the organic industry. However, Organic PAC and OTA are limited in how to share information with […]