Speaking today to member-attendees of the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Policy Conference, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack officially recognized the unique production system covering U.S. organic agriculture, and announced guidance to remove agency obstacles to its continued growth.
The National Organic Program (NOP) wanted to remind you about the June 3rd deadline for public comments on: Classification of Materials (NOP 5033) & Materials for Organic Crop Production (NOP 5034). Additionally, the final recommendations and transcripts from the April 9 - 11 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) are now available.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has formally established a Farmers Advisory Council to provide input from small- to medium-sized organic farmers, ranchers and growers to the trade association on matters geared to advancing organic agriculture.
Again this year new U.S. exhibitors to BioFach Germany will have the first opportunity to showcase their products in the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) booth within the U.S. Pavilion Feb. 12-15, 2014.
Substance listings are scheduled to expire from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances on November 3, 2013. The National Organic Program requests your comments on the Sunset 2013 proposed rule. Some of substances up for renewal are copper sulfate, ozone gas, EPA List 3 Inerts, calcium chloride, agar-agar, and more.
Deadline for submissions is May 31. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is currently seeking nominations for its prestigious Organic Leadership Awards. This is your opportunity to nominate an organic unsung hero who has made a significant difference to organic agriculture, industry and trade.
Learn how microloans can provide smaller farms with more flexible access to credit. Smaller farms, including those producing specialty crops and operating community supported agriculture programs, often face limited financing options. Additionally, check out the twelfth blog in the Organic 101 series: Sound and Sensible Approach to Organic Certification. The National Organic Program (NOP) recently highlighted its 'Sound and Sensible' initiative on the USDA blog as part of the Organic 101 series.
The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce the April issue of its Organic Integrity Quarterly newsletter. The April issue of the Organic Integrity Quarterly highlights our recent work to support organic agriculture, including: Message from the Deputy Secretary, Spring 2013 NOSB meeting, 'Sound and Sensible' organic certification, Protecting crops from synthetic fertilizers, and more.
Ria’s exploration of fruit flies and organic foods has not only raised some provocative questions about the health benefits of organic eating, it has also earned the 16-year-old top honors in a national science competition, publication in a respected scientific journal and university laboratory privileges normally reserved for graduate students.
The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce a new instruction addressing technical assistance. Additionally, we want to remind certifying agents that, as addressed in the residue testing final rule that went into effect January 1, 2013, they do not need to send us residue testing results; we will review them as part of the next audit.
U.S. families are increasingly embracing organic products in a wide range of categories, with 81 percent now reporting they purchase organic at least sometimes. This finding is one of many contained in the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) newly released 2013 U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs Study, conducted Jan. 18-24, 2013.
The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce the availability of draft guidance on Classification of Materials (NOP 5033) and Materials for Organic Crop Production (NOP 5034) The NOP will be accepting public comments on these materials until June 3, 2013.
The National Organic Program (NOP) has finalized the agenda for the upcoming National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting, to be held April 9 - 11, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. Additionally, the NOP is pleased to announce conflict of interest guidelines for members of the NOSB.
Organic certification ensures the integrity of organic products around the world. The National Organic Program (NOP) has initiated a new program to reduce paperwork and other burdensome aspects of organic certification while maintaining high standards, ensuring compliance, and protecting organic integrity. This 'Sound and Sensible' initiative involves identifying and removing barriers to certification, streamlining the certification process, focusing enforcement on egregious violations, and correcting small issues before they become larger ones.
The National Organic Program (NOP) has posted the eleventh blog in the Organic 101 series: Almost 25,000 Certified Operations at Your Fingertips. Also, check out the recent article on the growth of the U.S. organic export industry.
Consumer demand for organic drinks is thriving, and it’s clear that beverage companies are taking notice. From juices and smoothies to colas and energy drinks, marketers are introducing products in a bevy of categories to satisfy the growing thirst for organic beverages.
After sixteen years as a partner at Luscher Farm, Oregon Tilth has notified the City of Lake Oswego that that they will be departing the site at the end of April 2013. Oregon Tilth created the Organic Education Center (OEC) program as a collaborative project with the City of Lake Oswego.
Join representatives from the OTA, OMRI, Organically Grown Company, and Oregon Tilth for drinks, organic Hors d'oeuvres and live music by Dirty Spoon.
The National Organic Program is pleased to publish the 2012 list of certified organic operations. As of the end of 2012, 17,750 organic farms and processing facilities in the United States were certified to the USDA organic standards. Worldwide, there are now approximately 25,000 certified organic operators in more than 100 countries.
The National Organic Program (NOP) wants to alert the organic trade and public to the presence of two fraudulent organic certificates.