As of the end of 2011, 17,673 organic farms and processing facilities in the United States were certified to the USDA organic standards. That's 478 more operators than at the end of 2010, and a 240% increase since NOP's tracking began in 2002. Worldwide, there are now 28,779 certified organic operators across 133 countries.
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 our 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.
Sen. Boxer and Rep. DeFazio were joined by 9 Senators and 44 Representatives in calling on the FDA to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. The letter from the 55 Members of Congress was sent to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg (GE) on March 12.
On Feb. 15, The Congressional Research Service (CRS) published Previewing the Next Farm Bill for members and committees of Congress. Special crops and organic production are on pages 15-19.
The digital issue of The Organic Report has Arrived! Headlines include EU and U.S. sign historic organic equivalence arrangement, OTA closer to industry decision on organic check-off program, Legislative and Regulatory Updates, plus more!
On February 29, 2012, the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published an audit report about the National Organic Program (NOP), focusing on oversight and monitoring activities of the National Organic Program and its certifying agents with respect to organic milk.
We're excited to meet the spring 2012 COG students! Join us March 14-April 4.
Around 300,000 organic farmers think that Monsanto, the biotech giant known for genetically modifying Mother Nature’s handwork for profit and pushing over the little guys all the while, is pretty seedy. Now a judge in New York is debating if Monsanto’s questionable methods will go before a jury.
The European Union and the United States announced that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the United States may be sold as organic in either region.
The National Organic Program published a final rule in the Federal Register today to amend the crops and processing portions of the National List. Effective March 15, 2012
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) published a new web feature documenting how agribusiness giant Monsanto Company is failing to deliver on its promise to make the U.S. agriculture system more sustainable.
The National Organic Program (NOP) published draft guidance with request for comments. The draft guidance clarifies the certification requirements for handlers of unpackaged organic bulk commodities and specifies that handlers of bulk organic products—including grain, soybeans, hay, milk and livestock—must be certified or be covered under another operation’s organic certification.
Visit the revised handbook page, which provides the table of contents in a more user-friendly, PDF format with improved readability. Frequent users may wish to bookmark the link for fast access.
The Organic Farming Research Foundation set up in 1990 has published a report on “Organic Farming for Health and Prosperity”. The report clearly summarizes the benefits of organic agriculture and formulates the goal of changing the US government’s agricultural policy.
President Obama has appointed former Monsanto VP and lobbyist Michael Taylor to become senior advisor to the FDA's commissioner. This unthinkable linkage between food safety and corporate interests that have little regard for the public health must be stopped. This example of a "fox watching the henhouse" is inexcusable. President Obama must reverse this unimaginably dangerous policy and isolate the FDA from corporate influence.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals.
The National Organic Program is pleased to announce that Canada has recognized the USDA organic pasture regulations as equivalent to the Canadian organic stocking rates.
At its recent quarterly meeting and annual retreat, OTA’s Board of Directors agreed to move forward to Phase 2 of an initiative to facilitate an industry decision on a research and promotion order for organic. After reviewing the feasibility assessment prepared by a member-based steering committee, the Board looks forward to continuing this exploration with the entire organic industry.
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has awarded four grants totaling $50,640 to fund research for organic farmers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has posted a request for proposals for the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) for fiscal year 2012, with a submission deadline of March 9.