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Rural investment opportunities

This past week, the White House Rural Council Rural Opportunity Investment Conference convened to show investors that there are opportunities in rural communities. OTA member Gary Hirshberg moderated a panel about investment in local, regional and organic food systems. Other speakers included Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, Kentucky Governor […]

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Batcha taking part in advisory trade meeting

Laura Batcha, OTA’s CEO and Executive Director, will take part this Thursday, July 24, in the latest meeting of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC), of which she is a member. The day’s agenda includes an overview of the U.S. Trade Agenda and discussion of key trade negotiations, as well as an open roundtable discussion […]

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OTA member feedback sought on production inputs

Over the next two years, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will review the large majority of crop, livestock, and handling inputs currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. These production and handling inputs will be reviewed by NOSB based on their “Sunset” review timelines (October of 2015, 2016 or 2017), and may not be renewed if new […]

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Senate confirms Vetter as chief U.S. agricultural negotiator

The U.S. Senate by voice vote has confirmed Darci Vetter as the chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Vetter has been an Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service since 2010. Vetter is the daughter of organic farmer David Vetter who owns Grain Place Foods Inc. in Nebraska. […]

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U.S.-Korea equivalence for organic processed products

Yesterday, in separate signings in Seoul and Washington, the United States and Korea formalized an equivalency arrangement reopening Korea’s market to U.S. organic processed food products. The pact, which goes into effect today, allows processed organic products certified in Korea or in the United States to be sold as organic in either country. This is […]

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Book your NOSB hotel now!

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will take place October 27-30 in Louisville, KY, at the Galt House Hotel. We have received word that hotel rooms are limited due to several conferences and events taking place that week. There is a block of NOSB rooms held at the meeting hotel for a very good price, and there is still […]

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NOP compliant microorganisms scheduled to expire in 2016

Are you using microorganisms (i.e., yeast, dairy cultures) to produce organic products such as wine, vinegar, soy sauce, yoghurt, cheese, or sourdough bread? If so, now is the time to get involved in the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Sunset review process. During the production of food ingredients allowed on the National List, critical carriers, […]

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OTA comments on NOP’s post-harvest substances guidance

The National Organic Program (NOP) recently released draft guidance on the use of post-harvest substances in organic production. In response, OTA has submitted comments to NOP on the draft guidance. OTA supports NOP in its efforts to continue to harmonize the organic regulations with timely and comprehensive guidance on the finer points of the organic […]

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Collaboration needed on enforcing organic claims

OTA senior staff members, including Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha, met with Federal Trade Commission officials this past week to discuss FTC’s oversight and enforcement of the term “organic” on non-food products. The meeting followed the filing of comments by OTA in late May to an FTC notice that the commission plans to move […]

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OTA attends FSMA implementation workshop

This past week, OTA’s Regulatory Director of Organic Standards and Food Safety Gwendolyn Wyard and OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nathaniel Lewis attended a stakeholder workshop on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Discussed were next steps in the implementation of FSMA, with a focus on execution and […]

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