The National Organic Program (NOP) has released an updated version of its 2010-2012 strategic plan to reflect its accomplishments thus far, and refine its future projects.
State of Ohio dropping regulation in face of organic community pressure
From September 28-October 19, Oregon Tilth's Organic Education Center taught a wonderful group of aspiring and seasoned gardeners how to garden organically!
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced today 23 new grants to research and extension programs working to help organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products.
In order to reach deficit reduction requirements, Members of Congress are currently facing the daunting task of determining where the unprecedented spending cuts can, and will, come from.
Due to severe drought, the USDA is granting ruminant livestock producers in the following New Mexico and Texas counties with a temporary variance: NM counties: Catron, Cibola, Curry, De Baca, Roosevelt, San Miguel, and Socorro. TX counties: Bastrop, Lamb, and Travis.
The National Organic Standards Board welcomes your comments on their fall agenda items and other topics. Please submit your comments electronically via regulations.gov. Deadline: November 13, 2011
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has unveiled a new Organic Trade Resource Guide website to help facilitate international trade in organic agricultural products.
These questions were first posted as drafts, subject to a 60 day comment period. The Standards Interpretation Committee considered all comments and revised some responses accordingly.
The Senate Committee on Appropriations passed its Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill on Sept. 7. This bill contains the Senate’s recommended funding levels for USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) programs.
USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative have announced 148 private-sector appointees to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACS)
Jim Pierce, Oregon Tilth's Global Certification Program Manager, represented OTCO at the USDA Listening Session held on Tuesday, September 20th. Read his comments and thoughts for the USDA Listening Session.
Download the NOP Summer 2011 Newsletter. Topics include the National List, Organic Compliance and Enforcement, and more!
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released an updated version of their popular Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program. The Guide is intended to help family farmers, ranchers, and foresters understand the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) enrollment process.
NOP just launched a new, streamlined website that presents information more clearly for those that don't "speak" organic.
OMRI reports to certifiers any product names removed from the OMRI Products List within ten days of their removal. OMRI 'drops' products when the companies voluntarily request their products be removed from the program or they fail to comply with the organization's policies. OMRI prohibits products only when conclusive evidence is on file to demonstrate a non-compliance with the NOP Rule.
An analysis of 18 years of crop yield and farm management data from a long-term University of Minnesota trial has shown that an organic crop rotation was consistently more profitable and carried less risk of low returns than conventional corn and soybean production.
We invite you to the Open House and Tilth Plant Sale at Luscher Farm on September 17!
Roundup Ready alfalfa can contaminate other non-genetically engineered alfalfa seed and hay. They also lead to the creation of herbicide tolerant weeds, weeds that result in increased use of herbicides.
Antibiotic use in conventional animal food production in the United States has created public health concern because it has been shown to contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can potentially spread to humans. A new study, led by Dr. Amy R. Sapkota of the University of Maryland School of Public Health, provides data demonstrating that poultry farms that have transitioned from conventional to organic practices and ceased using antibiotics have significantly lower levels of drug-resistant enterococci bacteria.