The Senate Committee on Appropriations passed its Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill on Sept. 7. This bill contains the Senate’s recommended funding levels for USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) programs.
USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative have announced 148 private-sector appointees to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACS)
Jim Pierce, Oregon Tilth's Global Certification Program Manager, represented OTCO at the USDA Listening Session held on Tuesday, September 20th. Read his comments and thoughts for the USDA Listening Session.
Download the NOP Summer 2011 Newsletter. Topics include the National List, Organic Compliance and Enforcement, and more!
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released an updated version of their popular Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program. The Guide is intended to help family farmers, ranchers, and foresters understand the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) enrollment process.
NOP just launched a new, streamlined website that presents information more clearly for those that don't "speak" organic.
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 the 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.
An analysis of 18 years of crop yield and farm management data from a long-term University of Minnesota trial has shown that an organic crop rotation was consistently more profitable and carried less risk of low returns than conventional corn and soybean production.
We invite you to the Open House and Tilth Plant Sale at Luscher Farm on September 17!
Roundup Ready alfalfa can contaminate other non-genetically engineered alfalfa seed and hay. They also lead to the creation of herbicide tolerant weeds, weeds that result in increased use of herbicides.
Antibiotic use in conventional animal food production in the United States has created public health concern because it has been shown to contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can potentially spread to humans. A new study, led by Dr. Amy R. Sapkota of the University of Maryland School of Public Health, provides data demonstrating that poultry farms that have transitioned from conventional to organic practices and ceased using antibiotics have significantly lower levels of drug-resistant enterococci bacteria.
Farmers Markets could Generate Tens of Thousands of New Jobs with Modest Federal Support, New Report Finds
They’re Growing Nationally, but Federal Policies Favoring Industrial Agriculture Hold Them Back
Alaska and Texas ranked at the top for most growth in farmers markets
The National Organic Program has released its report based on its review of certifying agents' activities in China last year.
The USDA has boosted the volume of specialty sugar available to the U.S. market.
Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, an international leader in organic certification, is now offering certification to the NSF/ANSI-305 Standard for Personal Care products. Companies with greater than 70% Organic content may apply and once certified include the “Contains Organic Ingredients…” statement and apply the NSF “Contains Organic Ingredients” logo to their labels.
Federal Register Final Rule Notice for relisting of the following materials was published today.
Publication from the Wild Farm Alliance and Community Alliance with Family Farmers covering co-management of food safety and conservation.
The USDA Organic Cost Share Reimbursement Program was approved by Congress and funds were made available through the USDA to applicant states. We want you to know that there is still opportunity to take advantage of these funds.
The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 is widely hailed as the most sweeping update to U.S. food safety law since the Great Depression, and includes language that is relevant to small and mid-size organic producers.