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USDA announces $13 million in organic cost-share funding

With the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, approximately $13 million in funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance nationally, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers. Under the provisions, $11.5 million is available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories. An additional […]

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OTA hosts July 9 webinar on U.S.-Korea Equivalency

As a follow-up to last week’s announcement about the U.S.-Korea Equivalency Arrangement for organic processed products, OTA will host a conference call and webinar this Wednesday, July 9, at Noon EST. OTA’s Senior Trade Advisor Bob Anderson and OTA’s Senior International Trade Manager Monique Marez will be on the phone to briefly discuss the arrangement, with […]

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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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Draft guidance on materials used in post-harvest handling

The deadline to submit comments is just around the corner. USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has published a Federal Register notice announcing the public comment period for draft guidance on post-harvest handling as it relates to inputs and practices allowed under the organic regulations. Examples of materials affected by this guidance include, but are not limited to, diatomaceous earth, […]

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NOP clarifies info on allowed inputs in organic production

Yesterday, NOP released two Policy Memoranda (NOP PM 13-2 Synthetic Algicides, Disinfectants, and Sanitizers Allowed in Organic Crop Production & NOP PM 14-3 Electrolyzed Water) which clarified appropriate use of materials in organic production and handling.  NOP’s efforts to harmonize the review of materials for organic operations are critical to the industry’s continued success. OTA supports NOP […]

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Draft guidance on materials used in post-harvest handling

The deadline to submit comments is quickly approaching! USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has published a Federal Register notice announcing the public comment period for draft guidance on post-harvest handling as it relates to inputs and practices allowed under the organic regulations. Examples of materials affected by this guidance include, but are not limited to, diatomaceous earth, pyrethrum, copper […]

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OTA’s position on non-GMO labeling of NOP certified products

On May 20, OTA’s Board of Directors adopted an official position on the Labeling of USDA NOP certified products and Non-GMO Claims, shaped by OTA’s Organic = Non-GMO Plus Task Force in response to growing concern about competing and confusing “non-GMO” claims in the marketplace. The position highlights USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certification as […]

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Cost share report

The National Organic Program has made available the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Cost Share Report to Congress on its website. According to the report, the 15 states participating in the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) cost share program provided $1,335,595 in cost-share assistance to 2,687 organic producers in 2013. All 50 states and U.S. territories will be […]

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Appropriations mark-up in the House and Senate

Both the Senate and House are scheduled to markups of the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills for the Agriculture Department, the Food and Drug Administration and related agencies today. Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee released a draft of the bill. OTA will encourage further support of its organic appropriations recommendations to key Members of Congress […]

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Draft guidance on materials used in post-harvest handling

USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has published a Federal Register notice announcing the public comment period for draft guidance on post-harvest handling as it relates to inputs and practices allowed under the organic regulations. Examples of materials affected by this guidance include, but are not limited to, diatomaceous earth, pyrethrum, copper sulfate, clove oil, ethylene gas, sodium silicate and […]

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