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The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce the availability of draft guidance on Classification of Materials (NOP 5033) and Materials for Organic Crop Production (NOP 5034) The NOP will be accepting public comments on these materials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.
The National Organic Program (NOP) is providing a new point of contact for Organic Cost Share Programs. Your previous contact, Patricia Atkins, will be deploying to the Pentagon for the next few months - we wish her well!
Results from the latest consumer survey conducted for the Organic Trade Association (OTA) reveal that as U.S. families are becoming increasingly aware of the presence of unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods in the marketplace, they turn to organic as the food labeled by law to not have been made with genetically engineered ingredients.
The Organic Center has named 15 persons to its new Board of Trustees, and formally introduced them at its sold-out fundraiser dinner March 9 held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.
The National Organic Program (NOP) has posted two new reports on its website. Both reports were completed in response to the USDA Office of Inspector General's Organic Milk Audit Part 1 published in 2012. The NOP currently posts a searchable list of certified organic operations once a year. While we have received feedback that this tool is useful for website visitors, a more modernized system is needed to provide up-to-date information about certified organic operations across the supply chain, and to increase the NOP's ability to oversee a growing network of certifiers and operators.
USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced new changes to the Federal crop insurance program for organic farming practices. On Feb. 22, 2013, USDA's Office of Inspector General issued an audit of the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) Federal crop insurance program for organic farming practices. The audit found that Transitional yields* (T-Yield), offered to organic growers generally exceeded what they had produced using organic farming practices for the crop years of 2008-2010.