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.
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.
Information on our revised training module on labeling organic products and yesterday's "NOP Update" from the National Organic Standards Board meeting.
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.
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.
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.
A federal register notice was effective May 16, 2012 adds two livestock parasiticide substances, Moxidectin and Fenbendazole to the National List.
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.
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.
There's never been a more important time to donate fresh and nutritious produce from your garden to a local food bank or pantry.
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.