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


Organic at the table during Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit

Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading source of farm and food policy information, held a standing-room-only Farm Bill educational summit at the National Press Club in D.C. on Monday. More than 400 D.C. food and agricultural influencers and stakeholders came to hear key congressional staffers and policymakers who will be directly involved in the creation of the […]

Comments due next week for spring NOSB meeting

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this past Friday finally released theproposals and discussion documents for the spring 2017 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting  April 19-21 in Denver, CO.  The deadline to submit comments and sign up for oral comments either for the April 13 webinar or at the April 19-20 meeting continues to be Thursday, March […]

There’s still time to weigh-in on Sunset Surveys

The spring NOSB meeting will begin the 2019 Sunset Review of several fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments and non-organic ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. It is critical that NOSB hear from certified farmers and handlers prior to the spring meeting on whether these inputs are essential and/or necessary for organic production, or whether there are other […]

USDA announces renewal of 187 substances

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) last week announced the renewal of 187 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances to conclude the 2017 Sunset Review. These substances are allowed in organic crop and livestock production and organic handling/processing and must be reviewed every five years by the National Organic Standards Board […]

Only 3 days left for Policy Conference early bird price

Special discount registration fee of $495 ends this Friday, March 24, for the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days. In addition to saving $55 off your conference registration, there are so many reasons to register now: A full day of compelling presentations by Members of Congress, agency leaders, and other inspiring organic stakeholders Updates […]

Kathleen Merrigan urges support for organic check-off

Speaking at an Organic Farming Research Foundation luncheon, former U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan told those gathered to celebrate “that we are Big Food with values.” As reported in a posting on TheFencePost.com on March 14, Merrigan explained that the sector’s growing popularity will make it more difficult for competitors in conventional agriculture to convince the […]

Time is running out, comment now

You have until April 19 to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service on the proposed organic research and promotion program published by USDA in the Federal Register earlier this year. Organic Trade Association staff is ready to work with you to write a detailed comment on any of the many components of the organic […]

Register for free webinar on labeling textiles

The Organic Trade Association, Global Organic Textile Standard, and Textile Exchange are coordinating a joint webinar to provide the industry with guidance on labeling textiles that contain organic material for sale in the United States. Any company with product sold in the United States or that is planning to begin sales in the U.S. is […]

GOTS to hold regional meeting in New York City

A Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) regional meeting will take place on Thursday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Yotel Hotel, 570 10th Ave. (corner of 41st St), Club Cabin #4 (4th floor) in New York City. The meeting will cover changes to the standard with the release of version 5.0 and allow time to […]

Watch and share, we made it easy 

In a new short film, The Organic Center digs in to the benefits of organic on Soil Health while introducing the work and mission of The Center. Help us spread the word! Check out the video and please share with your networks! Here’s a tweet to get you started:Watch the @OrganicCenter’s latest video on how #organic practices improve soil […]