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.
When credible information is received it will be passed along to you. In the meantime please read these important reminders.
Kim Tait showed that organic agriculture is the fastest growing sector of agriculture through statistics and advocated the importance of USDA programs that support organic ag.
Warm days and sunny skies bring life, color and happiness to the Oregon Tilth Demonstration Garden this summer!
Organic farms and companies that sell, process, or package organic agricultural products can now apply for the organic cost share program through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
On 1 July the Canada Organic Office published revised Standards. There are a significant number of significant changes which will affect clients in Canada. Changes to the COR certification program will be forthcoming in the next weeks.
The Canada Organic Regulations which were introduced in June 2009 became fully effective on 1 July 2011 meaning that clients certified to COR are expected to be in full compliance. Deviations which were up to this point issued reminders will now be issued non-compliances.
A study by USDA scientists finds that raising cows on grass, instead of in factory farms, produces fewer greenhouse-gas emissions and other pollutants.
Topics include kelp in organic livestock; responding to results from pesticide residue testing; seeds, annual seedlings, and planting stock in organic crop production; and evaluating allowed ingredients and sources of vitamins and minerals in organic livestock feed, feed supplements, and feed additives
The USDA is seeking nominations for five upcoming vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Appointees will serve a five-year term beginning Jan. 24, 2012. Vacancies for the 15-member organic advisory board must represent a particular constituency as identified by Congress.
The EU and Canada have reached agreement on an equivalency in organic products. Respective decisions on organic equivalency follow long and intensive discussions between the European Commission and Canadian authorities.