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The Organic Center Moves to D.C. and Combines Efforts with the Organic Trade Association

The Organic Center Moves to D.C. and Combines Efforts with the Organic Trade Association

Effective Sept. 1, The Organic Center is combining efforts with the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and relocating its headquarters from Boulder, CO, to Washington, D.C. The Organic Center will remain an independent non-profit 501(c) (3), but now will be under the administrative auspices of OTA.

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Planting Fall and Winter Greens

Planting Fall and Winter Greens

As summer turns to Autumn the OEC garden is preparing for the chilly and wet months ahead by planting hearty fall crops.

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Streamlining Access to Organic and Organic-Related USDA Programs

Streamlining Access to Organic and Organic-Related USDA Programs

Have you ever struggled to find information on or someone to talk to about a USDA program? The USDA has developed a guide to organic and organic-related programs, and is implementing a department-wide training program to improve service to current and prospective organic stakeholders.

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Organic Certification + Short Application = Certification Cost Reimbursements

Organic Certification + Short Application = Certification Cost Reimbursements

Organic certification is more affordable when USDA pays up to 75 percent of the costs. Funds are still available—as much as $750 per certified operation—to certified organic farmers and businesses. We hope the organic community will help connect certified operations with this opportunity!

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Fall 2012 NOSB Meeting

Fall 2012 NOSB Meeting

The next meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is approaching. The tentative agenda and proposals are available on the National Organic Program website. Visit to see proposals, agenda, and other materials.

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Cost share reimbursement through ODA still available for Oregon’s certified organic growers

Cost share reimbursement through ODA still available for Oregon’s certified organic growers

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is once again offering reimbursement for some of the costs to become organically certified by a U.S. Department of Agriculture accredited certifier. Oregon growers, processors, and handlers who are certified organic by USDA accredited certifiers are eligible to receive 75 percent of their certification fees reimbursed, up to a maximum of $750 per annual certification period.

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New Publication on GMO Contamination Prevention

New Publication on GMO Contamination Prevention

The publication describes best management practices for growers of GMO and non—GMO crops, including certified organic crops, to help minimize GMO contamination of non-GMO crops. The 8-page guide contains commonsense steps that producers can take to reduce risks of GMO contamination.

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Indian Parliamentary Panel Cautions Against GM Crops

Indian Parliamentary Panel Cautions Against GM Crops

An Indian Parliamentary panel yesterday urged the government to halt all open-field trials of transgenic crops until it develops a better system of monitoring and oversight. The panel also called for a complete overhaul of the regulatory system, saying that it “reflects a pro-industry tilt”, and claiming that it is riddled with conflicts of interest.

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Oregon Appeals Court halts canola rules after farm groups say they would cause 'irreparable harm'

Oregon Appeals Court halts canola rules after farm groups say they would cause 'irreparable harm'

Responding to opponents' worry that growing canola in the Willamette Valley would cause "irreparable harm" to valuable specialty seed crops, the Oregon Court of Appeals has ordered a temporary halt to state rules that would have allowed canola planting this fall.

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Pro-GMO Propaganda in California Dismantled by New Cost Study

Pro-GMO Propaganda in California Dismantled by New Cost Study

Opponents of GMO labeling say it will raise food costs by hundreds of dollars per family when in fact it will likely cause NO cost increase at all! The California Right to Know 2012 Ballot Initiative, which will be voted upon in November, will tell Californians—and ultimately perhaps other Americans—whether their food contains genetically engineered ingredients. Not surprisingly, the biotech companies are up in arms over the proposal.

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USDA Fast-Tracks GMO Crop Approval Process

USDA Fast-Tracks GMO Crop Approval Process

Despite massive public opposition, last year the USDA announced plans to streamline its genetically engineered petition process under the Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Earlier this year, these controversial changes were implemented, speeding up the approval process for new genetically engineered seeds and crops. The new process will cut in half the time it takes for new GE seeds and crops to enter the market.

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Drought Relief for Organic Ruminant Livestock Producers

Drought Relief for Organic Ruminant Livestock Producers

The drought of 2012 is the most serious to impact U.S. agriculture since 1988. As of August 15, 2012, Secretary Vilsack has designated 1,670 U.S. counties as natural disaster areas due to severe drought. While these severe conditions affect all farms in these counties, organic ruminant livestock operations--unless their pasture has access to irrigation--may not be able to meet the organic pasture requirements in the USDA organic regulations.

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Alert: Fraudulent Organic Certificate

Alert: Fraudulent Organic Certificate

The National Organic Program (NOP) wanted to alert the organic trade and public to the presence of a fraudulent organic certificate.

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Kickapoo Country Fair 2012

Kickapoo Country Fair 2012

See what happens when thousands of people come together in rural Wisconsin to celebrate organic food, sustainability & local community.

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OSU Report Offers Insights for Enhancing Organic Agriculture in Oregon

OSU Report Offers Insights for Enhancing Organic Agriculture in Oregon

A recent report from Oregon State University and Oregon Tilth, Inc., Enhancing Organic Agriculture in Oregon: Research, Education, and Policy, offers insights into how to enhance organic agriculture in Oregon. Unlike traditional agriculture research assessments, the report reaches beyond the farm, capturing the points of view of a variety of organic community stakeholders—local retailers, farmers’ market managers, produce distributors, farm to school program staff, and nonprofit organizations that advocate for sustain­able agriculture—and OSU organic agriculture researchers.

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Jewels of Summer: Garlic and Basil

Jewels of Summer: Garlic and Basil

We've been patiently waiting for the garlic in the OEC demonstration garden to be ready. The time has come!

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Final Rule: Tetracycline, Formic Acid, Attapulgite

Final Rule: Tetracycline, Formic Acid, Attapulgite

The National Organic Program published a final rule today that addresses the use of three substances in organic agriculture with specific limitations that would support production and processing of organic products.

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New Farmers Get Help from MOSES Mentors

New Farmers Get Help from MOSES Mentors

The MOSES Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program pairs experienced organic farmers with those who are new to organic farming practices. The current program has pairings in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois in diverse farm settings: apples, hazelnuts, grains, livestock, high tunnels and more.

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OTA - BioFach Nuremberg 2013

OTA - BioFach Nuremberg 2013

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. 13-16, 2013.

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