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NOP Publishes Final Recommendations

NOP Publishes Final Recommendations

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.

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Organic Certification Cost Share Program and Crop Insurance - Farm Bill

Organic Certification Cost Share Program and Crop Insurance - Farm Bill

The Organic Cost Share Program survives the Farm Bill vote. Crop Insurance will become fairer for organic farmers.

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Organic Research and Promotion Order

Organic Research and Promotion Order

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.

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Farm Bill Action Alert - Please Call Your Senators

Farm Bill Action Alert - Please Call Your Senators

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.

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GMO labeling wins spot on California ballot

GMO labeling wins spot on California ballot

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.

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Obama Administration Report on Agricultural Economy Highlights Contribution of Organic Sector

Obama Administration Report on Agricultural Economy Highlights Contribution of Organic Sector

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.

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Organic Bread has more Whole Food Ingredients

Organic Bread has more Whole Food Ingredients

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.

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NOP Amends National List of Allowed Substances for Farms

NOP Amends National List of Allowed Substances for Farms

Updates to 205.601 and 205.602 include the following materials: Chlorine, Lignin Sulfonate, Streptomycin, Sulfur Dioxide, Sodium Nitrate

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Tomato Tips

Tomato Tips

Tomatoes have come to the OEC Demonstration Garden! Learn a few easy tips to make your crop of tomatoes a successful one.

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June 2012 Organic Integrity Quarterly

June 2012 Organic Integrity Quarterly

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.

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NOP Amends National List of Allowed Substances

NOP Amends National List of Allowed Substances

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.

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Preview: Sunset 2012 Final Rule

Preview: Sunset 2012 Final Rule

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.

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Exporting USDA Organic Products to EU

Exporting USDA Organic Products to EU

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.

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Driftwatch Registry Could Help Protect Sensitive Crops

Driftwatch Registry Could Help Protect Sensitive Crops

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.

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NOP: Revised Labeling Training and NOSB Meeting Update

NOP: Revised Labeling Training and NOSB Meeting Update

Information on our revised training module on labeling organic products and yesterday's "NOP Update" from the National Organic Standards Board meeting.

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Chris Roddy and Huerto de la Familia

Chris Roddy and Huerto de la Familia

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.

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NOSB Spring Meeting Packet

NOSB Spring Meeting Packet

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.

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Military Veterans: The Next Generation of Organic Farmers

Military Veterans: The Next Generation of Organic Farmers

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.

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Synthetic Substances - Parasiticides

Synthetic Substances - Parasiticides

A federal register notice was effective May 16, 2012 adds two livestock parasiticide substances, Moxidectin and Fenbendazole to the National List.

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Clackamas Community College Offers Oregon's First Urban Agriculture Certificate Program

Clackamas Community College Offers Oregon's First Urban Agriculture Certificate Program

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.

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