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WSU to Dedicate Eggert Family Organic Farm

WSU to Dedicate Eggert Family Organic Farm

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.

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FTC Releases Final 'Green' Marketing Guides

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday announced final revisions to its ‘green’ marketing guides, which include new guidance on marketers’ use of product certifications and seals of approval, renewable energy claims, renewable material claims, and carbon offset claims.

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Operating Without a Farm Bill

Operating Without a Farm Bill

The 2008 Farm Bill expired at midnight Sept. 30, with Congress failing to pass a short-term extension or fully reauthorizing a new farm bill. This puts our nation’s food and agriculture policy in limbo. Marni Karlin, OTA’s Associate Director of Legislative & Legal Affairs, has prepared a summary of the current status of Farm Bill programs that affect the organic sector, and this is now posted on OTA’s Farm Bill page.

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Organic Seed Database Now Available

Organic Seed Database Now Available

The Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) has launched Organic Seed Finder, a free online tool for farmers, certifiers, and others looking to source certified organic seed, at www.organicseedfinder.org. The database aims to facilitate the growth and success of the organic seed sector and support farmers in meeting the National Organic Program's organic seed requirement.

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Bhutan Goes for 100 Percent Organic, Challenges Abound

Bhutan Minister of Agriculture and Forests Pema Gyamtsho, announced an ambitious plan to turn food production 100 percent organic by 2020. In a country where 79 percent of the population is involved in agriculture, along with the people’s high spiritual aspirations, going organic sounds like an easy task. But challenges are already in sight.

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NOP: Organic Grants, Conservation Training and Local Ag in NV

NOP: Organic Grants, Conservation Training and Local Ag in NV

The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce USDA-funded online training on two topics: becoming a Technical Service Provider and the conservation benefits of organic practices. USDA also supported an effort to assess the demand for Nevada's locally grown and organic produce within the Hispanic community.

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Oregon Tilth and CCOF Suspend Restructuring Plans

Oregon Tilth and CCOF, two of the nation's oldest organic certification, advocacy and educational organizations, have suspended plans to join forces. Plans for the two organizations to restructure were announced last May.

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Response to May 2012 NOSB Recommendations + Organic Contracts

Response to May 2012 NOSB Recommendations + Organic Contracts

The National Organic Program (NOP) published a memo in response to the recommendations made at the May 2012 business meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Recently, the Farmers' Legal Action Group (FLAG) published the Farmers' Guide to Organic Contracts. This new resource for the organic community can help organic farmers evaluate, negotiate, and manage contract agreements with buyers of organic farm products.

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Comment Opportunity: Vitamins and Minerals in Organic Products

Comment Opportunity: Vitamins and Minerals in Organic Products

The National Organic Program (NOP) is requesting comments on an interim rule addressing the use of vitamins and minerals in organic products. Additionally, the NOP updated NOP 2604: Responsibilities of Certified Operations Changing Certifying Agents.

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Farm to Fork Across America: Fraudulent or Credible: Organic Labeling and More

Farm to Fork Across America: Fraudulent or Credible: Organic Labeling and More

Confused about the different labels claiming organic at your grocer? Already in Corvallis at the Linus Pauling Institute, the opportunity presented itself to explore this thorny topic. With a story begging for imminent release and interviews behind us from our Western States tour, Lee stayed in the Café of the Institute to write. Julie Brothers drove off to the headquarters of Oregon Tilth. Chris Schreiner, mover and shaker, met Julie to discuss their mission.

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September 2012 Organic Integrity Quarterly Newsletter

September 2012 Organic Integrity Quarterly Newsletter

The NOP has released the September 2012 issue of the Organic Integrity Quarterly newsletter. The newsletter provides information on the NOP's activities and summarizes USDA resources that support organic agriculture. This issue covers USDA's Organic Literacy Initiative, Origin of Livestock, Standards update, and more.

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Final Rule: Methionine for Organic Poultry Production

Final Rule: Methionine for Organic Poultry Production

The NOP published a final rule Sept. 19 that extends the maximum allowance for synthetic methionine in organic poultry production at reduced levels: Laying and broiler chickens at 2lbs; Turkeys and all other poultry at 3lbs.

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Labeling Fact Sheet

Labeling Fact Sheet

The NOP has released an updated fact sheet on labeling organic products. A majority of the compliance and enforcement cases they close involve product labeling. To support proactive compliance, they have updated their labeling fact sheet to lay out the rules of the road for both certified and uncertified operations.

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Get out to Vote and Certification Benefits

Every voice counts and we want to hear yours!

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Get out to Vote and Foundation Benefits

Every voice counts and we want to hear yours! Join us by voting on the proposal to restructure the organization with CCOF.

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Your Vote Counts - Get out to Vote!

Every voice counts and we want to hear yours! Join us by voting on the proposal to restructure the organization with CCOF.

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Farmer, Rancher, and Producer Statement on Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture

Farmer, Rancher, and Producer Statement on Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture

Resistance to antibiotic drugs is a growing health crisis, fueled by widespread overuse of antibiotics in both agriculture and in human medicine. Leading health experts and scientific bodies concur that nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in animal agriculture leads to antibiotic-resistant infections in humans.

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Use of Sodium Nitrate in Organic Crop Production

Use of Sodium Nitrate in Organic Crop Production

Since sodium nitrate is a natural substance, it is allowed unless specifically prohibited in the USDA organic regulations. Those regulations currently state that sodium nitrate can only be used to provide 20 percent or less of a crop's total nitrogen requirement. After the current restriction expires on October 21st, NOP expects continued compliance based on other sections of the USDA organic regulations.

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New NOP Handbook Resources + Certifier Lists

New NOP Handbook Resources + Certifier Lists

To help individuals who own, manage, or certify organic operations meet all USDA organic requirements, the NOP has published new resources in its Program Handbook: Unannounced Inspections, Recommended Penalties, Penalty Matrix.

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New FLAG Publication, Farmers' Guide to Organic Contracts, Now Available

New FLAG Publication,  Farmers' Guide to Organic Contracts, Now Available

Farmers' Legal Action Group (FLAG) is pleased to announce the release of a comprehensive and much-anticipated publication, the Farmers' Guide to Organic Contracts, written to help farmers make informed decisions at every stage of the contract relationship

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