Citrus Greening remains a major threat to our U.S. Citrus supply with an already 90,000 acres affected by the disease. The Organic Center has kicked off a major multi-year study and fundraising campaign to find organic solutions to ward off citrus greening and help organic citrus growers fight the deadly disease without resorting to dangerous chemicals or genetic engineering.
As of July 1, 2014, processed organic products certified in Korea or in the United States may be sold as organic in either country.
On the eve of this Independence Day holiday, Oregon Tilth Executive Director shares his own Declaration and food for thought.
The United States and Korea have recently completed discussions related to an equivalence arrangement for processed organic food products and are now in the process of finalizing the text of the arrangement. This arrangement will streamline U.S. farmers' and processors' access to the growing Korean organic market, benefiting the rapidly growing organic industry in the United States.
Oregon State University Extension Service has developed a new tool to help organic farmers calculate nitrogen and nutrient use on their farms. This free online tool compares the nutrient value and cost of cover crops, organic and synthetic fertilizers and compost.
Get a free analysis of your soil from the National Soil Project and help contribute to soil research
The Organic Center is working with the National Soil Project (NSP) at Northeastern University to look at humic acid content in organic farm soils. The goal of the study is to quantify the improved health of organically managed soils in comparison to conventionally managed soils and create a reference database so farmers can measure the quality of their soils against other plots in their area. If you have an organic farm, please consider sending a soil sample to the NSP.
The USDA announced the launch of a new pilot program for providing insurance against crop loss on diversified organic farms. The new program, called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, will provide flexible coverage options for speciality crop, organic and diversified crop producers.
Join eOrganic and the Organic Seed Alliance for a webinar on "Understanding the NOP Seed Rule and Sourcing Organic Seed." The webinar is on Friday, June 6, 2014, at 11 am Eastern Time and is designed for organic certifiers, inspectors, and operations.
The 2014 Cost Share Report to Congress is now available on the National Organic Program website. In the report, the Agricultural Management Assistance cost share program provided $1,335,595 in cost-share assistance to 2,687 organic producers in 15 participating states.
The USDA National Organic Program released a new fact sheet for organic labeling at farmers market. The fact sheet can help farmer market vendors and community supported agriculture operations properly market their products and educate consumers.
The USDA recently hosted a Google+ Hangout to discuss ways to grow the organic sector. If you missed it, check out the recording and watch Oregon Tilth's Education Director, Sarah Brown, discuss transitioning to organic production.
We're celebrating the official opening of Oregon Tilth's new Corvallis office location with an evening of fun and local seasonal fare. Come and join us for the party on June 10, 2014.
The May issue of the Organic Integrity Quarterly Newsletter is now available with stories covering organic labeling at Farmer's Markets, NOSB meeting updates, and much more.
Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Program Wed. 5/14 for a Google Hangout on growing the organic sector. Submit your Qs in advance using hashtag #AskUSDA: http://ow.ly/wKfat
The U.S Department of Agriculture recently released the results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. According to the report, total organic product sales by farms have increased by 82 percent since 2007, from $1.76 billion in 2007 to $3.1 billion in 2012.
Vermont became the first state to recently pass a bill requiring the labeling of GMOs on all food items despite the opposition of the powerful U.S. food industry. The Governor is expected to sign the bill this week, with requirements taking effect in July 2016.
A new study published in the journal Environmental Research found that eating an organic diet for a week can reduce pesticide exposure.
This final guidance describes the requirements for products in the "Made with Organic (specified ingredients or food group(s))" labeling category.
Concerned about pollinators on your organic farm? The Xerces Society recently released a new manual on Pollinator Management for Organic Seed Producers. This new publication aids organic seed producers in understanding the role and diversity of seed crop pollinators, as well as strategies for reducing pollen movement between organic and conventional farms.
Do you sell your products at one of the 8,000+ farmers markets across the country? If so, AMS needs your help updating the National Farmers Market Directory. The Directory relies on self-reported input from farmers market stakeholders and is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date sources of information about farmers markets nationwide.