To describe the relevant organic requirements, provide best practices, and further explain the certification process, the NOP and the NCAT have provided detailed guides about organic production and certification.
Meet Oregon Tilth's Board of Directors candidates and read their statements. Board candidates include Chris Bradway, Chuck Burr, Miguel Guerrero, John E. Haapala Jr., Harry MacCormack, and Susan Schechter
The Board of Oregon Tilth has recently created a new Advisory Committee in response to requests from the two Oregon Tilth founders, Harry MacCormack and Lynn Coody. The purpose of the committee is to encourage advice, suggestions and feedback directly from the membership to the board, and to encourage broad membership participation and collaboration within Oregon Tilth’s organizational structure.
On November 21, 2012, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., announced that it would hear the Appeal of Dismissal in Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto at 10am on Thursday, January 10, 2013. The landmark organic community lawsuit was originally filed in Federal District Court, Southern District of New York, in March 2011.
The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce an updated fact sheet describing its oversight of organic products. Additionally, the NOP has posted new certifying agents' corrective action reports along with their accreditation certificates.
The organic dairy sector provides more economic opportunity and generates more jobs in rural communities than conventional dairies, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The first-of-its-kind study, “Cream of the Crop: The Economic Benefits of Organic Dairy Farms,” calculated the economic value of organic milk production.
Did you know that the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Labor, EPA and many other federal agencies have resources to support local food systems? That's why USDA has just expanded our Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass!
Transcripts and committee recommendations from the most recent National Organic Standards Board meeting (October 2012, Providence, RI) are available on the NOSB Meetings webpage.
Beginning January 1, 2013, organic certifying agents must test samples from at least 5 percent of the operations they certify on an annual basis. While testing has always been a part of organic product oversight and is required by the Organic Foods Production Act, today's action specifies the minimum amount of testing that must occur. This additional testing will help certifying agents identify and take enforcement action against farms and businesses intentionally using prohibited substances or methods.
The National Organic Program (NOP) is providing additional drought relief to organic ruminant livestock producers. The NOP is also pleased to announce fourteen grants supporting research and marketing of organic agriculture.
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) held its public meeting October 15-18, 2012 in Providence, RI. A complete transcript of this meeting will eventually be posted on the National Organic Program (NOP) website. The meeting agenda is available and the final recommendations will be posted in the near future.
Sarah Brown, Joint Organic Conservation Specialist between NRCS & Oregon Tilth presented on the EQIP Organic Initiative program that is available to certified and transitioning producers. Useful links and a copy of the presentation are now available.
Oregon Tilth has announced the new Certification Director, Connie Karr. Connie's agricultural roots run deep. She grew up working on her family's farm in Oregon's Willamette Valley and she studied agriculture at Oregon State University. Having joined Oregon Tilth 14 years ago, she is an experienced Oregon Tilth employee who has contributed to our significant growth and development.
eOrganic conducted live broadcasts from the the 2nd International Organic Fruit Research Symposium in Leavenworth, Washington on June 19 and 21, 2012. Fifty-five recorded presentations from the symposium on a wide range of organic fruit production and research topics are now available for viewing. These presentations will be of interest to researchers, Extension professionals, growers, consultants, suppliers, and retailers who wish to learn the latest developments in the worldwide organic fruit supply chain.
A clinical report published online today by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highlighting the many attributes of organic foods provides guidance to parents confused by conflicting marketing messages regarding healthy food choices for their children. Calling the report a major milestone for the organic sector, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) hails it as a confirmation of the significance of the benefits that organic provides.
October 21, 2012 marks the 10-year anniversary of when the USDA organic regulations "went live." As we celebrate this milestone, we recognize the dedication of those involved in organic agriculture's origins, helping it flourish into a thriving sector of the U.S. food system. Additionally, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service published a first-ever report on organic production.
A primary goal of the Lexicon of Sustainability is the illumination of the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture, local food systems, food politics and culture. The Lexicon of Sustainability hopes to play a role in the education, engagement and activation of people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy, and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America.
The dairy industry has a strong history of managing its environmental impact and contributing to local communities while building business value. U.S. dairy farms and businesses across the value chain continue to find new ways to do more with less so that consumers can continue to feel good about choosing their favorite dairy foods and beverages. The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is pleased to honor the ‘best of the best’ through the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards.
Washington State University will dedicate the new Eggert Family Organic Farm with a free, public ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the site of the new facility on the east edge of the Pullman campus off Airport Road. Speakers will include WSU President Elson S. Floyd and Dan Bernardo, vice president for agriculture and extension. The entire Eggert family will attend.