Tag Archives | Organic Production

Walmart announcement sparks focus on organic supply

Walmart’s announcement that it would begin carrying Wild Oats organic food items in 2,000 of its stores has prompted a flurry of media attention on how this will challenge organic supply in the United States. Among the articles was one published April 11 in Politico written by Jenny Hopkinson. OTA’s Laura Batcha was quoted extensively [...]

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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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Nate Lewis to address college sustainable agriculture class

In his first full week with OTA, Nate Lewis, OTA’s Senior Crop and Livestock Specialist, will deliver a lecture on organic production and certification to sustainable agriculture students at The Evergreen State College. Practice of Sustainable Agriculture is a 50-student full-time academic program centered on hands-on learning at the college’s organic farm. This group of aspiring young organic [...]

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OMRI Canada List

The Organic Materials Review Institute recently listed several products for organic production in accordance with the Canadian Organic Standards. The OMRI Canada program continues to welcome new applications from all input suppliers, in efforts to continue to increase its services for the Canadian organic community. Visit the OMRI website to download the updates OMRI Canada [...]

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Release of New GOTS Version 4.0

Yesterday, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) International Working Group (IWG) announced the release of GOTS Version 4.0 and the corresponding updated Manual, as well as a chronological summary on relevant changes. The documents are now available in the download section of the GOTS website. GOTS is the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from certified organic [...]

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COTA gives presentation to Agriculture Canada

Last week, COTA’s Matthew Holmes was invited to give a special presentation to officials at Agriculture and AgriFood Canada. Held at the AAFC conference center in Ottawa with video-links from across the country, the 1.5 hour presentation and discussion focused on COTA’s latest statistics on Canadian organic production, market growth and consumer attitudes and behaviors. [...]

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…and annual GOTS meeting

Following BioFach, Gwendolyn Wyard and Marni Karlin will be attending the annual Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) meetings in Frankfurt, Germany. Wyard, who serves as the GOTS Technical Committee Representative for North America, will attend the GOTS Technical Committee meeting. Karlin, who serves on the GOTS International Working Group, will attend its annual meeting. The revision [...]

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Sign up for HACCP for the Organic Professional course

Register now for OTA’s HACCP for the Organic Professional course in Sacramento, CA, March 10-12. The two-and-a-half-day class will provide instruction in the principles of HACCP, how they relate to organic certification programs, and how to write and implement HACCP plans in organic food environments. The course will convene on the afternoon of March 10 [...]

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U.N. report: Make agriculture more sustainable

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Trade and Economic Report 2013 recommends that farming throughout the world should shift from monoculture cropping towards biodiversity in crop plantings, reduced used of synthetic fertilizers, more support for small-scale farmers and more locally focused food production and consumption. The report, subtitled Wake up before it [...]

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OFRF Executive Director resigns

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) announced its executive director, Maureen Wilmot, who has led the organization since 2011, has resigned.  Wilmot will stay on until February, while OFRF, based in Santa Cruz, CA, searches for a successor. Founded in 1990, OFRF advocates for organic research, education, and federal policy that will bring more farmers [...]

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