Tag Archives | Organic Production

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The National Organic Program (NOP) recently released draft guidance on the use of post-harvest substances in organic production. In response, OTA has submitted comments to NOP on the draft guidance.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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OTA to shape next Organic Production Survey

Last week, OTA filed comments regarding the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Organic Production Survey.  You can see those comments here. OTA urged NASS to complete a comprehensive Organic Production Survey, much like the one conducted in 2008.  Data from such a survey will assist the sector in understanding trends in production, conversion, and demand, [...]

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Perdue Sees a Future in Organic Poultry

“Words like ‘organic’ have meaning” said Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms Inc., “because there are stringent regulations.” Perdue has expanded organic chicken production due to impressive growth rates in consumers’ demand for organic chicken (30-40% per year), and now organic options total 5% of Perdue’s offerings, according to a recent article. This is exciting [...]

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Join NOP in a Google+ Hangout discussion on organic

On Wednesday, May 14, at 1 p.m. EDT, USDA’s National Organic Program Specialist Betsy Rakola will host a Google+ Hangout to discuss strategies for growing U.S. organic production. During this Hangout, you’ll hear from farmers, organic certifiers, researchers and community organizations at the forefront of today’s organic market. Participate in the Hangout on Wednesday by [...]

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OTA and Textile Exchange to host GOTS 4.0 Webinar

The Organic Trade Association (OTA), in partnership with Textile Exchange, will host a webinar providing information on the changes made to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Version 4.0. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 11, at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CEST. Speakers will include Gwendolyn Wyard (OTA’s Regulatory Director of Organic [...]

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