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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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Organic 101: The Lifecycle of Organic Food Production

Organic 101: The Lifecycle of Organic Food Production

The NOP has published the fifth blog in the Organic 101 series: The Lifecycle of Organic Food Production. One of NOP's goals is to help audiences understand how comprehensive the organic standards and certification process are. To illustrate this, they created a "life cycle" story for their Organic 101 blog readers that examines the production process of organic cheddar from farm to retail.

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OEC Shares the Harvest!

OEC Shares the Harvest!

There's never been a more important time to donate fresh and nutritious produce from your garden to a local food bank or pantry.

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Farmland LP Invests in the Future of Organics

Farmland LP Invests in the Future of Organics

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.

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Organic Foods Industry Creates More than a Half Million Jobs

Organic Foods Industry Creates More than a Half Million Jobs

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.

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Final Funding Opportunity for Organic Farmers and Ranchers in Oregon

Final Funding Opportunity for Organic Farmers and Ranchers in Oregon

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.

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Event on Capitol Hill celebrating the EU-U.S. equivalency agreement

Event on Capitol Hill celebrating the EU-U.S. equivalency agreement

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.

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Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Grows, Celebrates Five Years

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Grows, Celebrates Five Years

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.

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Joel Salatin Responds to New York Times' "Myth of Sustainable Meat'

Joel Salatin Responds to New York Times' "Myth of Sustainable Meat'

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.

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Organic Certification Cost Share 2012 Report

Organic Certification Cost Share 2012 Report

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.

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OMRI Supscription Discount

OMRI Supscription Discount

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.

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Comment Opportunity: NOSB Proposals and USDA Organic Accomplishments

Comment Opportunity: NOSB Proposals and USDA Organic Accomplishments

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.

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March Madness

March Madness

March has been a busy month for the garden, and we've been at it rain or shine.

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Just Label It campaign hits million signature goal

Just Label It campaign hits million signature goal

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.

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March 2012 Organic Integrity Quarterly

March 2012 Organic Integrity Quarterly

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

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