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.
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.
a table of the sunset or expiration dates for all substances included on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List)
Oregon Tilth is pleased to be among an exclusive group of International Certifiers approved for direct export to EU Member States after 1 July 2012. Recognition as an Approved 3rd Country Certifier will allow OTCO clients certified to the EU Regulation direct market access to any of the 27 EU Member States without going through the current mandatory, and arduous, Import Authorization Process.
On Friday, December 9, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that the fiscal year (FY) 2012 ranking period cutoff for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is January 13, 2012.
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting a survey of certified organic farming to gather production and marketing information on organic farming in the U.S. The survey runs from December 2011 to April 2012, and focuses on crop and livestock production.
The USDA is pleased to announce five new members to the National Organic Standards Board: Carmela Beck, Producer Andrea (Zea) Sonnabend, Scientist Tracy Favre, Environmentalist Harold V. Austin, IV, Handler Jean Richardson, Ph.D., Consumer / Public Interest
This issue includes the following topics: NOSB in Savannah: Fall 2011 meeting summary, NOSB membership update, International trade policies: European Union, Overview of Japan assessment, Korean market update, Effectively communicating With NOP and NOSB, Organic integrity through data quality, and more.
Using traditional and alternative medicine combined with the power of positive thinking, Andrew fights and recovers from cancer.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) unveils three initiatives aimed to help producers conserve energy, extend the growing season, and assist organic production; applications for the first ranking period are due by Feb. 3, 2012.
Organic crop systems can provide similar yields and much higher economic returns than a conventional corn-soybean rotation, according to thirteen years of data from a side-by-side comparison at Iowa State University’s Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm.
The National Organic Program (NOP) is encouraging organic operations to share images of their farms and processing facilities for use in NOP newsletters.
The next NOSB meeting will take place November 29th through December 2nd in Savannah, GA. Oregon Tilth submitted written comments on five different topics on the meeting agenda.
Join OTA on a Trip in the Netherlands, the EU’s Logistical Point of Entry
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is inviting comments on a proposed rule published today that addresses the use of three substances in organic agriculture: tetracycline, formic acid and attapulgite.
GreenCupboards.com Gives has kicked off and Oregon Tilth is a finalist!! The reward for the company with most votes is a substantial donation from GreenCupboards.com
OTA is once again hosting first-time exhibitor table tops at Biofach, Nuremberg 2012. Biofach is the leading organic show worldwide that draws exhibitors and show attendees from 128 countries.
The National Organic Program (NOP) has released an updated version of its 2010-2012 strategic plan to reflect its accomplishments thus far, and refine its future projects.
State of Ohio dropping regulation in face of organic community pressure
From September 28-October 19, Oregon Tilth's Organic Education Center taught a wonderful group of aspiring and seasoned gardeners how to garden organically!