Farmland LP started buying conventional farmland and converting it to organic food production in 2009. So far, 64 people have backed the project which currently holds $12 million worth of farmland.
Producing U.S. foods organically creates thousands more jobs than if that food were produced using conventional agricultural methods, according to a new economic study released today here at the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Policy Conference. The report, “2010 Impacts of the U.S. Organic Foods Industry on the U.S. Economy,” which shows the organic food industry generated more than five hundred thousand American jobs in 2010, builds on data released by OTA earlier in the week revealing the overall U.S. organic market in 2011 surpassed $31 billion for the first time.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Oregon Acting State Conservationist Danny Burgett reminds potential applicants to contact their local NRCS office soon to find out if they are eligible for the agency’s Organic Initiative. Applications for the final ranking period of 2012 are due at NRCS offices by close of business on June 1, 2012.
The European Union Delegation will be celebrating the signature of the EU-U.S. equivalency agreement in our nation’s Capitol on May 10th 2012. An organic lunch will be organized in the Capitol Building and Joao Vale de Almeida, EU Ambassador to the United States and Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture will be offering opening remarks.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) turned five years old in 2011, adding 80 new companies and another country (Kyrgyzstan) to the list of those with GOTS-certified facilities, expanding particularly in developed countries, accrediting a 14th certification organization, and receiving formal recognition by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). By year’s end, 2,714 facilities in 57 countries around the world were certified to the organic apparel and textile standard including 450 dyeing facilities, more than 220 spinning, knitting, and weaving units, and approximately 160 printing and manufacturing facilities.
Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farm, makes a rebuttal to the myth of sustainable meat article published April 12, 2012 in The New York Times Opinion Page pointing to how meat can be raised sustainably and some of the challenges faced doing the right thing.
During FY 2011, USDA reimbursed certified organic farmers over six million dollars through the Organic Certification Cost Share Programs. This was an increase of over 20 percent from FY 2010. The NOP promoted the program through advertising, direct mail, and other outreach efforts to increase participation.
OMRI is offering a discount to certified operations who subscribe to OMRI. Subscribe now to get in on the coming soon online searches and resources exclusively for OMRI subscribers.
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is now accepting public comments on its spring 2012 proposals. Also, view USDA's 2009 to 2011 accomplishments in support of organic agriculture.
March has been a busy month for the garden, and we've been at it rain or shine.
The Just Label It campaign to label genetically engineered food delivered over a million comments of support to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA was required to respond to the petition by March 27. It took less than 180 days to accumulate the record number of comments.
The March 2012 edition of the NOP newsletter, now called the Organic Integrity Quarterly, is now available! This issue includes updates on many important topics, including: U.S. / EU trade partnership, including reflections from Deputy Secretary Merrigan; Canada equivalency arrangement update; National List update EQIP Organic Initiative and other NRCS programs and services; Recap: 2012 certifying agent training NOP staff update
The National Organic Program published a memo in response to the recommendations made at the December 2011 business meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
USDA officials learned late Friday afternoon, March 16th, 2012, that fraudulent letters are being sent by FAX to individuals and businesses in at least four states. The letters purportedly come from a USDA procurement officer and seek personal information. These letters are false and in no case should a recipient respond with personal and financial information.
Is your farm eligible for financial and technical assistance through the National Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Organic Initiative? Part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the Organic Initiative offers $50 million in financial and technical assistance to support a wide array of conservation practices specifically designed for organic production.
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!