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If You’ve Eaten an Organic Apple This Week, Thank Rachel Carson

If You’ve Eaten an Organic Apple This Week, Thank Rachel Carson

Carson’s book about agrochemicals launched the modern environmental movement, but the work she started in Silent Spring is far from finished.

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Organic Fire Blight Prevention Project

Organic Fire Blight Prevention Project

The Organic Center has completed a project providing critically needed information on how to prevent fire blight from decimating apple and pear orchards without the use of antibiotics.

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Organic solutions prove effective in livestock

Organic solutions prove effective in livestock

A new study found that organic medicinal treatments for livestock can be just as effective as conventional treatments. Researchers at North Carolina State University compared herbal treatments for infections such as mastitis with conventional antibiotics.

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USDA Announces Growth of U.S. Organic Industry and Additional USDA Support Available with New Farm Bill

USDA Announces Growth of U.S. Organic Industry and Additional USDA Support Available with New Farm Bill

The USDA announced a 4.2 percent increase of certified organic operations in 2013, with a record breaking 18,513 certified organic farms and businesses in the United States alone.

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Public Comments on Spring 2014 NOSB Proposals Due April 8, 2014

Public Comments on Spring 2014 NOSB Proposals Due April 8, 2014

As a reminder, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is accepting public comments on its spring 2014 proposals.

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NIFA Funding Opportunities

NIFA Funding Opportunities

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced two grant opportunities. The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities.

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Update on Organic Certification Cost Share Programs

Update on Organic Certification  Cost Share Programs

AMS is working to implement the reauthorized Organic Cost Share Programs. This week, a Notice was published in the Federal Register estimating the reporting burden for these cost share programs and opening a sixty day comment period. This notice is an important step in implementing the organic certification cost share programs for Fiscal Years 2014 through 2018. Comments are due by May 16, 2014.

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Updated List of Certified Operations

Updated List of Certified Operations

The updated list of certified organic operators is now available! As of the end of 2013, 18,513 organic farms and processing facilities in the United States were certified to the USDA organic standards. Worldwide, there are now more than 25,000 certified organic operators in more than 120 countries.

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National Organic Standards Board: Call for Nominations and Intent to Renew Charter

National Organic Standards Board: Call for Nominations and Intent to Renew Charter

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act. USDA announces its intent to renew the NOSB's charter, and seeks nominations for seats on the NOSB.

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FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Update

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Update

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public meeting on April 4, 2014, to discuss the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the produce safety proposed rule and is extending the public scoping period to April 18, 2014.

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Aquatic Plant Extracts Policy Memo

Aquatic Plant Extracts Policy Memo

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted a policy memorandum to clarify the status of aquatic plant extracts under the USDA organic regulations. It corrects a previous National Organic Program (NOP) interpretation on the allowance of synthetic acids for pH adjustment of aquatic plant extracts for crop production.

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NOSB Spring 2014 Meeting: Meeting Information, Request for Comments

NOSB Spring 2014 Meeting: Meeting Information, Request for Comments

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is now accepting public comments on proposals in advance of its Spring 2014 meeting.

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Non-GMO Requirements under the National Organic Program

Non-GMO Requirements under the National Organic Program

The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients. Learn more from The Organic Trade Association's new fact sheet on Non-GMO Requirements under the National Organic Program.

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New Network Launches for Transitioning Farmers- Space Still Available

New Network Launches for Transitioning Farmers- Space Still Available

Beginning in April, Oregon growers transitioning to organic production will have their own network for guidance and information. Oregon Tilth’s Transitioning Farmer Network will provide tools, training, and technical assistance for farmers in transition, and those adding organic acreage or diversifying production.

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Oregon Tilth submits comments to the USDA on Agriculture Coexistence

Oregon Tilth submits comments to the USDA on Agriculture Coexistence

Oregon Tilth submitted comments to the USDA regarding agriculture coexistence between GE and non-GE agricultural systems, urging the USDA to take responsible action to protect farmers and consumers from GE contamination.

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Comcast Spotlights Chris Schreiner, Executive Director of Oregon Tilth

Comcast Spotlights Chris Schreiner, Executive Director of Oregon Tilth, in their Newsmaker program

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Agriculture Secretary Announces $3 Million for a New Program to Improve Pollinator Health

Agriculture Secretary Announces $3 Million for a New Program to Improve Pollinator Health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide close to $3 million in technical and financial assistance for interested farmers and ranchers to help improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production. The funding is a focused investment to improve pollinator health and will be targeted in five Midwestern states, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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Organic farms have a positive effect on biodiversity

Organic farms have a positive effect on biodiversity

A new European study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that organic farms are able to support more species than conventional farms. They found that on average, organic farms support 34 percent more plant, insect, and animal species.

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U.S. Organic Cotton Survey reveals potential opportunities for future growth

U.S. Organic Cotton Survey reveals potential opportunities for future growth

Looking at the status of U.S. organic cotton production, the 2012 and Preliminary 2013 U.S. Organic Cotton Production & Marketing Trends report prepared by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) identifies three building blocks for the long-term success and viability of domestic organic cotton production.

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Organic Topic of Interest: Hydroponics

Organic Topic of Interest: Hydroponics

The NOP has posted a new topic page to clarify the status of hydroponics under the USDA organic regulations. Visit the Organic Topics of Interest page and choose "Organic Hydroponic Crop Production" from the drop-down menu.

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