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

NASS announces 2015 certified organic survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA’s) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has begun conducting its 2015 survey of certified organic crops and livestock produced in the United States. This survey will gather current data on crops, livestock, acreages, and market values for a variety of commodities.  It will also survey producers regarding their production and marketing […]

National List Sunset dates

The National Organic Program has published an update to the Program Handbook. This updated document, NOP 5611: National List Sunset Dates, replaces the August 27, 2015, version. Changes to the document reflect the removal of fortified cooking wine from the National List resulting from the 2015 Sunset Review process and the removal of two expired crop inputs from […]

OTA’s transitional certification effort in the news

An Associated Press article by North Dakota AP reporter Blake Nicholson entitled “Upper Midwest Farmers Transitioning to Organic can get Aid” spotlighted information about OTA’s push for an industry-led, government-administered certification program for organic farmers who are still transitioning to organic production. The article, which came out January 29, was carried nationally as AP Wire’s […]

Look for OTA at organic seed conference

OTA will be taking part in the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference this Thursday through Saturday at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The conference will feature scientific research and new information about breeding, growing, and selling more organic seed. OTA’s participation will include moderating a workshop. Look for OTA’s Senior Crop and Livestock Specialist Nate Lewis and OTA’s […]

Have your company news in the Organic Report

The spring 2016 Organic Report—OTA’s print and digital magazine—now is in preparation for release in early April. Want your company new products or milestones included? Or, interested in placing an ad? Submit news to Barbara Haumann. For advertising rates and details, contact Danielle Cote. February 16 is the deadline for both editorial copy and ad […]

Reserve your dinner seats

Reserve your VIP Table now for The Organic Center’s Annual Benefit Dinner Thursday, March 10, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel, Anaheim, CA, in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West. This networking evening of good food, good company, and good science will feature keynote speaker Alice Waters and an all-organic menu designed […]

Prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure linked to tremors

While the insecticide chlorpyrifos—commonly used in conventional agricultural production—has been linked to neurodevelopmental problems, the effects of low-level exposures had not been previously assessed. Now, a study published in the journal NeuroToxicology and summarized by The Organic Center has found that prenatal exposure is linked to tremors in childhood and may indicate a negative effect […]

Court rejects EPA plan to withdraw Enlist Duo approval

A federal appellate court last week ruled against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) request to withdraw its approval for the herbicide Enlist Duo designed specifically for use on GE corn and soybean crops to combat weeds that have developed resistance to glyphosate. Enlist Duo is composed of a combination of two herbicides—glyphosate and 2,4-D. […]

Study summarizes trends in glyphosate use

The rising use of glyphosate, particularly with genetically engineered crops, has triggered the spread of tolerant and resistant weeds in the United States and globally, researcher Charles Benbrook points out in a paper in the latest edition of Environmental Sciences Europe. Outlining the trends in glyphosate usage, Benbrook recommends that the findings be used to […]

Join in Happy Hour at BioFach!

OTA is hosting reception the night before BioFach at the Maritim Hotel in Nuremberg, Germany, on Tuesday, February 9. For more details and to RSVP, check out this linked form. If you are heading to the show and have any questions about meetings with buyers, education sessions, or other activities, contact Monique Marez. Visit us at Stand 315 […]