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Apprenticeships in ecological horticulture

The University of California, Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems is accepting applications for its Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, a full-time, six-month residential program that trains adults in the practices of organic gardening and small-scale sustainable farming.  The program accepts 39 apprentices each year. For information, e-mail the  Center or call 831-459-3240. […]

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Obama honors organic farmers in ceremony today

Ryan and Tiffany Batalden of Lamberton, Minnesota, produce organic grains and raise livestock on their 380-acre farm in Cottonwood County. They also manage a direct-market popcorn business named Patriot Pops. They will be among those honored at a “Champions of Change” ceremony at the White House today. The ceremony aims to recognize those who “are […]

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MOSES seeks names for 2015 Organic Farmer of the Year

The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is seeking nominations for its 2015 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year award, to be presented at the 26th annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, WI, Feb. 26-28, 2015. The award recognizes an organic farmer or farm family with a history of outstanding land management, […]

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Health Canada limits antibiotics

CBC News reports that Health Canada’s Veterinary Drug Directorate has quietly announced a prohibition on the use of antibiotics as livestock and poultry growth promoters. Unfortunately, most antibiotics in feed are intended for disease prevention, which will still be permitted, so it’s unlikely the requirement will reduce the overall amount of antibiotics fed to animals. The use of prescriptions may ensure a […]

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Stonyfield invests in beginning farmers

A recent article in Mainebiz, an online news source for business owners in Maine, highlighted the efforts of OTA member Stonyfield to invest in the next generation of dairy farmers.  The decline in number of dairy operations in the Northeast, coupled with the increased average age of farmers in the area, has added urgency to the need for […]

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Manitoba declares State of Emergency

Manitoba has declared a provincial state of emergency following prolonged rainfall, along with record water levels in neighboring Saskatchewan. There are flood warnings for 28 rivers and streams in Manitoba, and the province has warned residents to prepare for flood waters exceeding the historic levels set in 2011. It is estimated that flooding destroyed over […]

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Mark your calendar for Aug. 19 residue sampling webinar

OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nathaniel Lewis will host a residue sampling webinar for OTA members on August 19 in collaboration with the International Organic Inspector Association (IOIA). Lewis will cover pesticide residue sampling on organic farms and handling facilities.  Participants will learn how pesticide residue sampling is used as a tool to evaluate […]

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AMA seeks ban on overuse of antibiotics on farms

The American Medical Association is seeking a ban on the agricultural use of antibiotics to promote livestock growth in an effort to slow the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. At its annual meeting in June, AMA adopted Resolution 513 which also calls for regulatory and legislative measures to require that antibiotic prescriptions for livestock be overseen […]

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Making organic crop insurance more relevant

U.S. Department of Agricultures (USDA’s) Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently released a report outlining its progress in making crop insurance more relevant and attractive for organic producers since the 2008 Farm bill required it to develop price elections for organic crops. Currently there are organic price elections for 16 crops, but these are not available […]

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OTA Farmer Board member in the news

OTA’s Farmer Advisory Council (FAC) Chair and Board Member Perry Clutts was highlighted in Progressive Dairyman last week. The article covered Perry’s journey back to his family farm in Ohio and the holistic approach he takes to raising dairy cows. Perry realized that the success of an organic dairy is based on healthy soils and incorporated on-farm composting to provide this foundation. His […]

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