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Don’t miss the game!

Organic PAC donors will be at Camden Yards watching the Orioles take on the Red Sox from a private box. You too can kick back and enjoy the game and the company of your organic colleagues. Getting involved with Organic PAC is the single-most important way you, as an individual, can strengthen our voice in Washington, D.C. Contact Amy […]

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OTA hosts breakfast for state ag directors

This past Friday, OTA hosted an organic breakfast in Burlington, VT, for members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). At the breakfast, OTA’s  Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha told NASDA participants that organic farming is in all states, and that state directors of agriculture who care about jobs and vitality […]

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NOSB now accepting comments

USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is now accepting public comments on subcommittee proposals to be discussed at its meeting Oct. 28-30 in Louisville, KY, at the Galt House Hotel. The tentative meeting agenda (PDF) is now available along with the meeting materials (all proposals and discussion documents) (PDF). The final deadline to submit written comments as well as sign up […]

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OTA hosts check-off discussion with state Farmers Union reps

OTA hosted presidents and other representatives of state Farmers Unions (including Wisconsin, Kansas, Ohio, New England, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, and California) yesterday in its D.C. headquarters for a discussion on the potential framework for an organic check-off.  The group engaged in a productive conversation about potential governance, programming, and assessment structure with Marni Karlin, OTA’s […]

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Farmers Advisory Council determines 2014-2015 priorities

In their summer conference call, OTA’s Farmer Advisory Council (FAC) members discussed accomplishments from the past year and provided the outline for their 2014-2015 work plan. Convening producers and end-users of organic grain to address the ongoing shortage of domestic organic grain supplies remains a high priority as does staying abreast of ongoing regulatory issues including the Food Safety […]

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Batter up for Organic PAC

Interested in being involved in Organic PAC? If so, you have the opportunity Friday, September 19, to spend an evening watching the Baltimore Orioles play the Boston Red Sox from a private suite in Camden Yards. Join us for stadium fare and frosty beverages while viewing the game from left field in a climate-controlled box. […]

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Archie’s Acres co-founders honored by the White House

Colin and Karen Archipley, co-founders of OTA member company Archie’s Acres Organic Farming Enterprise, were honored last week by the White House as “Champions of Change.” Archie’s Acres is a certified organic greenhouse operation that grows basil, kale and other herbs and produce. The Archipleys also created the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training Program in partnership […]

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OTA to petition the National List

OTA is requesting membership support for filing two petitions to the National Organic Program (NOP). Both petitions would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for organic production and handling. The first petition is to revise the current allowance of Natural Flavors in organic processed products to require organic forms when commercially available. The second petition is […]

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NASS to expand scope of next organic survey

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today published a Federal Register notice announcing its intent to expand the scope of its voluntary Organic Production Survey to include questions needed for the five-year Census of Agriculture data series and make it a mandatory Organic Survey. As such, the survey would collect information in 2015 asking for […]

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NOP clarifies use of “organic” brands

The National Organic Program has released instructions clarifying the allowed use of brand or company names containing the word “organic” on agricultural products.  Prompting this were recent investigations indicating the need for consistency by certifiers when reviewing product labels. The policy clarification is needed to provide fairness and equity in label use throughout the organic […]

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