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USDA announces Sound and Sensible grants

USDA is awarding project contracts to 13 organizations to advance the National Organic Program’s (NOP’s) Sound and Sensible initiative by identifying and removing barriers to certification and streamlining the certification process. Receiving the grants are the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, California Certified Organic Farmers, Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, the International Organic Inspectors […]

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USDA funding to produce value-added products

USDA has announced $25 million in funding intended to help rural businesses grow, diversify and create jobs through Value-Added Producer grants. These grants often help businesses develop markets for niche and specialty products. For example, Secretary Vilsack made the announcement of this funding at Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, NH. Miles Smith Farm’s grant is to market […]

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OTA represents organic on a biotech panel

For the first time, the organic industry was represented last week on a panel about biotechnology offered as part of a Foreign Service officer training. The goal of the panel was to educate State Department employees on the complexities of biotechnology uses here and abroad. Included in the panel were representatives from the Center for Science […]

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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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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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Mark your calendar for Aug. 19 residue sampling webinar

Join OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nathaniel Lewis August 19 for a webinar on residue sampling under USDA’s National Organic Program. Registration for this comprehensive two-hour webinar is free for OTA members.  This effort is in collaboration with the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA), which is offering a more rigorous organic inspector certificate series […]

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Suggestions sought for 2017 Ag Census

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking suggestions for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted once every five years by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the Census provides detailed data covering nearly every facet of U.S. agriculture down to the county level. NASS released the complete 2012 Census of Agriculture results in May. The […]

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Mark your calendar for Aug. 19 residue sampling webinar

OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nathaniel Lewis will host a residue sampling webinar for OTA members on August 19 in collaboration with the International Organic Inspector Association (IOIA). Lewis will cover pesticide residue sampling on organic farms and handling facilities.  Participants will learn how pesticide residue sampling is used as a tool to evaluate […]

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Making organic crop insurance more relevant

U.S. Department of Agricultures (USDA’s) Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently released a report outlining its progress in making crop insurance more relevant and attractive for organic producers since the 2008 Farm bill required it to develop price elections for organic crops. Currently there are organic price elections for 16 crops, but these are not available […]

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OTA briefs NOC on organic check-off

OTA’s Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha participated in a National Organic Coalition (NOC) meeting at the Food and Water Watch offices in Washington, D.C., Thursday to brief the group on the development of an organic check-off. Discussed were the work underway to complete Farm Bill rulemaking, which expands the exemption for organic operations from […]

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