Tag Archives | Organic Production

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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Bringing organic to Farm to Table symposium

The upcoming Farm to Table International Symposium (Aug. 3 in New Orleans) will include a session entitled “The Organic Opportunity” featuring OTA members Ashley Swaffer (Operations Manager for Arkansas Egg) and Kelly Landrieu (Southwest Regional Forager for Whole Foods Market). The session will draw connections between the traceability and transparency of organic production systems and [...]

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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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Register now for residue sampling webinar

You can now register for OTA’s residue sampling webinar. Join OTA’s Nathaniel Lewis on August 19 from 10 a.m. to Noon PST (1– 3 p.m. EST) to learn about residue sampling under the USDA National Organic Program. This webinar is free for OTA members.  Lewis will also conduct a second webinar session on residue sampling [...]

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An organic check-off explained

Twilight Greenaway’s article “Organic Check-off: Is it what’s for dinner?” published June 26 highlights the current discussion on the proposed federal program to collect money from organic producers to use for promotion and industry research for the whole organic sector. The article notes that organic producers have long had to pay into general check-off programs [...]

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OTA member feedback sought on inputs

Over the course of 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 inputs will be reviewed by NOSB based on their Sunset timelines (October of 2015, 2016 or 2017), and may not be renewed [...]

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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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New Brunswick announces organic regulations

The New Brunswick (NB) provincial government has created new organic regulations to ensure all products sold within the province meet strict national organic standards. The new regulations were created at the request of organic producers across the province. NB is the third province to regulate the organic market within its provincial borders along with Quebec [...]

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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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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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