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An organic check-off explained

Twilight Greenaway’s article “Organic Check-off: Is it what’s for dinner?” published June 26 highlights the current discussion on the proposed federal program to collect money from organic producers to use for promotion and industry research for the whole organic sector. The article notes that organic producers have long had to pay into general check-off programs […]

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OTA briefs NOC on organic check-off

OTA’s Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha participated in a National Organic Coalition (NOC) meeting at the Food and Water Watch offices in Washington, D.C., Thursday to brief the group on the development of an organic check-off. Discussed were the work underway to complete Farm Bill rulemaking, which expands the exemption for organic operations from […]

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USDA offers $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants

USDA this past week allocated funds for States to administer Specialty Crop Block Grants, awarded for projects and research to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, sustain the livelihood of American farmers, and strengthen rural economies. Priorities for this funding cycle are research projects concerning organic and sustainable production practices, enhancing food safety, and developing […]

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Economic Research Service updates U.S. organic information

Consumer demand for organically produced goods has shown double-digit growth for well over a decade, providing market incentives for U.S. farmers across a broad range of products, according to USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). ERS has posted a section on Organic Agriculture that includes an updated Organic Market Overview, information on certification and trade, and […]

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USDA releases Farm Bill implementation report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a brief report highlighting its progress thus far on 2014 Farm Bill Implementation by Title. Among the progress to date is a March 17 notice of funding availability for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, with $20 million available in Fiscal Year 2014.

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Laura Batcha and Leslie Zuck to speak in Pennsylvania

OTA’s CEO and Executive Director Laura Batcha and OTA Board member Leslie Zuck, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), will speak tomorrow at Penn State Ag Council’s spring Delegate meeting at Penn State College. Zuck is scheduled to give the opening presentation on trends, challenges and opportunities for organic production. Batcha will give an […]

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USDA listening session on organic provisions in Farm Bill

Members of the organic sector are invited to join representatives from USDA for a Stakeholders Listening Session on organic provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill.  OTA Director of Legislative and Legal Affairs Marni Karlin will attend – but so should you!  All members of the sector are invited to listen in on Monday, April 14, […]

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New York Times features organic strides in the Farm Bill

A The New York Times article titled “Farm Bill Reflects Shifting American Menu and a Senator’s Persistent Tilling” reports how the new Farm Bill reflects more provisions for specialty crops, including organic. The determination of Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan in shepherding the final bill through Congress is specifically highlighted.

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The power of a collective research & promotion program

Now that Congress has passed the 2014 Farm Bill, it’s time for the organic sector to officially consider whether an Organic Research and Promotion Program will be in our future. Join OTA for a panel discussion reviewing the options for a program framework on Friday, March 7, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Anaheim […]

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USDA organic presentations at Expo West

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo will highlight USDA’s organic initiatives at the Natural Products Expo West this Saturday at 11 a.m., Anaheim Marriott Platinum Ballroom 2, in a session entitled “How USDA supports the organic food industry and other marketing claims.” She will cover Secretary Vilsack’s vision of integrating organic agriculture into […]

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