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Comprehensive Organic Gardener Progam Begins Soon!

Comprehensive Organic Gardener Progam Begins Soon!

We're excited to meet the spring 2012 COG students! Join us March 14-April 4.

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300k farmers hope for lawsuit against Monsanto

300k farmers hope for lawsuit against Monsanto

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.

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EU and U.S. Agree to Historic New Partnership on Organic Trade

EU and U.S. Agree to Historic New Partnership on Organic Trade

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.

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Final Rule: Crops and Processing Substances on National List

Final Rule: Crops and Processing Substances on National List

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

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Union of Concerned Scientists Gives Monsanto an ‘F’ in Sustainable Agriculture

Union of Concerned Scientists Gives Monsanto an ‘F’ in Sustainable Agriculture

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.

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NOP Requests Comments Regarding Bulk Organic Products

NOP Requests Comments Regarding Bulk Organic Products

The National Organic Program (NOP) published draft guidance with request for comments. The draft guidance clarifies the certification requirements for handlers of unpackaged organic bulk commodities and specifies that handlers of bulk organic products—including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.

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NOP Program Handbook Updates

NOP Program Handbook Updates

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.

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USA: Report recommends gearing agricultural policy to organic farming

USA: Report recommends gearing agricultural policy to organic farming

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.

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Tell the President to Cease FDA Ties to Monsanto

Tell the President to Cease FDA Ties to Monsanto

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.

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2012 EQIP Organic Initiative

2012 EQIP Organic Initiative

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.

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Canada Recognizes USDA Organic Pasture Reg as Equivalent

Canada Recognizes USDA Organic Pasture Reg as Equivalent

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.

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OTA Board votes to move forward on exploring organic check-off program

OTA Board votes to move forward on exploring organic check-off program

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.

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OFRF awards $50,640 in grants to organic farm research

OFRF awards $50,640 in grants to organic farm research

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has awarded four grants totaling $50,640 to fund research for organic farmers.

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USDA seeks proposals for Organic Research and Extension Initiative grants

USDA seeks proposals for Organic Research and Extension Initiative grants

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.

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NOP Updates Website with New Training Modules

NOP Updates Website with New Training Modules

NOP recently posted several new Training Modules to its website. Examples of new training modules include a label review and exercise, adverse action notices review and exercise, review of procedures for submitting questions to NOP, and NOP’s GMO policy. Additionally, NOP has added several new documents related to accreditation and certification procedures to the NOP Program Handbook.

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NOP Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rule Changes

NOP Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rule Changes

Public comment on proposed rule changes for non-agricultural ingredients listed in, §205.605 and non-organic ingredients listed in §205.606 is now open. The National Organic Program is asking that comments be submitted for proposed changes to Yeast, Pectin, Colors, Potassium Iodide and Hops by February 13, 2012.

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Sunset 2012 & Vitamins and Minerals Comments

Sunset 2012 & Vitamins and Minerals Comments

The Sunset 2012 and vitamins and minerals proposed rules were published in the Federal Register on Jan 12 and the comment period is now open. These rules were previewed online earlier this week and have been replaced with the Federal Register versions.

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Missouri Organic Association Invites Public to Workshops

Missouri Organic Association Invites Public to Workshops

The Missouri Organic Association (MOA) meets February 2-4 at the Union Station Mariott for their annual conference, with a packed schedule of educational and thought-provoking events that are open to the public. “The most special thing about this year’s conference is Jeffrey Smith and his Seeds of Deception presentation which helps people understand that they do have a choice when it comes to the food they eat,” said MOA board chair Sue Baird. “It’s a great opportunity for people to hear the truth about their food sources.”

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Government Poised to Approve Agent Orange Corn

Government Poised to Approve Agent Orange Corn

USDA is preparing to escalate, letting chemical/biotech companies force a new wave of genetically engineered herbicide-tolerant crops, mutants that can survive being sprayed with the infamous herbicide 2,4-D, an Agent Orange ingredient with documented, uncontested major health problems that include cancer, reproductive problems, neurotoxicity, and immunosuppression.

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New Risk Management Tool to Help Producers Achieve GAP Certification

New Risk Management Tool to Help Producers Achieve GAP Certification

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, along with leaders from food and agriculture organizations, introduced today a free online tool to help U.S. producers of all sizes achieve Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) harmonized standards and certification, helping to further expand economic opportunities for American agriculture.

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