A collective solution to distinguish organic in the market place, grow demand, and educate consumers. In order to distinguish organic in the market place, grow demand, and help the consumer understand all that organic delivers, collective resources and coordination beyond those currently available to the industry are required.
This is your chance to stand up for alternatives to pesticides in agriculture. In a big push to move the 2012 Food and Farm Bill forward, the Senate is voting on 73 amendments. We are urging you to call about three pertaining to crop insurance and the Organic Cost Share Program.
The California Secretary of State’s office announced that the Right to Know initiative to label genetically engineered foods will be on the state’s November ballot. The historic initiative would be the first law in the United States requiring labeling of a wide range of genetically engineered foods.
The Obama Administration released a report on rural communities and businesses, highlighting the tremendous value of the organic sector as part of our nation’s diverse agricultural economy. The report, prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers, the White House Rural Council, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, points to numerous examples of how organic agriculture and trade are expanding opportunities for agricultural production— a timely recognition during this vital Farm Bill season.
The Organic Center's in-depth study of grains shows some of the differences between organic and other breads. Read their findings based on the ingredient list of a selection of 36 organic, "natural," and conventional wheat breads and organic breads.
Updates to 205.601 and 205.602 include the following materials: Chlorine, Lignin Sulfonate, Streptomycin, Sulfur Dioxide, Sodium Nitrate
Tomatoes have come to the OEC Demonstration Garden! Learn a few easy tips to make your crop of tomatoes a successful one.
The NOP is pleased to announce that the June 2012 issue of the Organic Integrity Quarterly newsletter is now available. Also, read how a city girl went organic in South Georgia.
National Organic Program Amends the National List of Allowed Substances for Handling §206.605(a)(b) & §205.606: Pectin, potassium iodide, yeast, hops, and more.
The NOP has submitted the following draft of the Sunset 2012 final rule to the Federal Register. Please note that its content is subject to change before publication.
Beginning June 1, 2012, certified organic products of the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU) can be represented as organic in each other's market. Please read how to trade organic products under this partnership, including additional specifications for wine.
Certified organic growers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois can register their land in the voluntary Driftwatch(TM) registry to reduce the risk of crop damage from pesticides and fertilizers that are applied on nearby farms.
Information on our revised training module on labeling organic products and yesterday's "NOP Update" from the National Organic Standards Board meeting.
Oregon Tilth Board Member Chris Roddy has completed his Master's project with Huerto de la Familia in Eugene, OR. Read his story and check out the the films documenting first-hand accounts from participants in Huerto's programs to see how gardens, farming and food-based micro-enterprises can support and stabilize Latino families.
The NOP has published a meeting packet preceding the NOSB meeting. The packet includes committee proposals and discussion documents, which will be brought up for discussion at the meeting.
Compost tea (a mixture of recycled organic matter soaked in water), hydroponic living basil, and organic certification are terms that, at first glance, may not have much of a connection to military veterans. Colin Archipley, a decorated Marine sergeant, and his wife Karen however saw the combination as a win-win when they founded the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program outside San Diego, California.
A federal register notice was effective May 16, 2012 adds two livestock parasiticide substances, Moxidectin and Fenbendazole to the National List.
A new certificate program at Clackamas Community College provides a pathway to a career operating a small farm or community food system. The State Board of Education approved the Urban Agriculture certificate at its April meeting.
The NOP has published the fifth blog in the Organic 101 series: The Lifecycle of Organic Food Production. One of NOP's goals is to help audiences understand how comprehensive the organic standards and certification process are. To illustrate this, they created a "life cycle" story for their Organic 101 blog readers that examines the production process of organic cheddar from farm to retail.
There's never been a more important time to donate fresh and nutritious produce from your garden to a local food bank or pantry.