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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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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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