The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce final guidance for handling unpackaged organic products. This guidance implements a recommendation from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and responds to findings from the Office of Inspector General.
AMS has asked the NOSB to review substances currently on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances per the timeline linked below.
A newly released publication, Cover Crop in Organic Systems: Western State Implementation Guide, provides an overview of how cover crops can be used on organic operations, different purposes for the use of this conservation practice, design considerations, and related National Organic Program (NOP) regulations. Part of a five-guide series, this resource will enable the Federal Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) Program, especially the EQIP Organic Initiative, to be more responsive to and valuable for organic farmers.
In partnership with Oregon Tilth, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's East and West National Technology Support Centers are pleased to present "Understanding Organic and Sustainable Agriculture" webinars in 2014.
Working hard to put together your comments on how agricultural coexistence can be strengthened? USDA is extending the comment deadline until March 4, 2014.
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce the December 2013 issue of the Organic Integrity Quarterly newsletter.
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to share new fact sheets to support organic trade. We'd also like to highlight upcoming training opportunities (including one in Spanish!).
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce a new one-stop shop for organics at usda.gov! We are also pleased to highlight grants to support organic-focused research, education and extension programs.
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) wanted to share several updates to the National Organic Program Handbook. Additionally, nominate yourself or a colleague to the fruit and vegetable industry advisory committee and mark your calendars for an upcoming produce webinar!
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has sent two memos to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) related to substances in organic production and handling. Additionally, USDA is currently requesting feedback on ways to foster communication and collaboration among those involved in diverse agricultural production systems in order to further agricultural coexistence.
This past week, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and 12 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter to Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young expressing concern that the Korean market may close to organic exports on Jan. 1, 2014.
On December 7, Oregon Tilth held its Annual Membership Meeting at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, OR. Despite sub-freezing temps and icy roads, Tilth members and staff showed up to mingle, celebrate and cultivate Tilth culture.
Organic Production Enhances Milk Nutritional Quality by Shifting Fatty Acid Composition: A United States–Wide, 18-Month Study
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) wants to clarify that an online directory of organic operations, www.usdaorganicfarms.com, is not affiliated with USDA.
With the close of the public comment period for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed regulations on produce safety and preventive controls for facilities that manufacture human food, Congress submitted a number of letters to FDA on important issues in the proposed rules.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the start of the 2014 enrollment process for farmers and ranchers who want to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
Think a family on a budget can’t eat all organic all the time? Think again. With proper planning and preparation, families of four can enjoy three organic meals every day for less than $25, according to tips and recipe suggestions offered by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).
Researchers at the Xerces Society published a report this year detailing the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on beneficial insects such as bees, lady beetles, and earthworms. The paper, entitled “Beyond the Birds and the Bees,” provides a comprehensive review of the growing body of research on harmful effects that neonicotinoids have on these invertebrates, and makes recommendations on how to protect beneficial insects.
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) wants to alert the organic trade and public to the presence of two fraudulent organic certificates.
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is pleased to highlight several exciting updates for the organic community: New grass fed beef Market News report, Informative webinars for the produce industry, U.S. certified organic acreage report, USDA efforts to expand agroforestry practices, Program Handbook update.