Due to severe drought conditions, the USDA National Organic Program granted temporary variance to livestock operations in Wyoming. The temporary variance stipulates that no more than an average of 85% of a ruminant's dry matter demand must be from dry matter fed. The temporary variance will remain in effect for the remainder of the 2012 grazing season.
The NOP has published a new fact sheet to help farms and businesses determine if they need to be certified. If an operation doesn't need to be certified, this resource outlines the specific requirements that the operation must meet.
Videos of the NOFA-NY Organic Research Symposium, held in January 2012, are now available on YouTube. The inaugural event took place in Saratoga Springs in January 2012, in conjunction with NOFA’s Winter Conference and by all accounts, was a great success. Each of the fifteen sessions was videotaped and now all 45 presenters, as well as each Q&A session, are available for viewing on the NOFA-NY YouTube channel.
A Federal Register notice has been published addressing the implementation period for the listings for pectin on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The notice allows certified operations to reformulate organic products containing pectin until Oct. 21, 2012.
Attend the CCOF Tilth restructure webinar - Hear from Oregon Tilth Executive Director Chris Schreiner, CCOF Executive Director Cathy Calfo, and CCOF Chief Certification Officer Jake Lewin about the recently announced restucture with Oregon Tilth and how it will impact you.
Bumble bees, key pollinators of crops and wildflowers across the country and essential for a healthy environment, are declining at an alarming rate. Bee biologists discovered that several previously common species are now absent from much of their former territory.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) program is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and is available in all states and all counties. The program provides assistance for new and existing organic producers to implement conservation practices new to their farm, including conservation crop rotations, cover cropping, nutrient management, pest management, prescribed grazing, and forage harvest management.
The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) has published the final recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board from the meeting held in May 2012 in Albuquerque, NM.
The Organic Cost Share Program survives the Farm Bill vote. Crop Insurance will become fairer for organic farmers.
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.