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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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NOP has published national list sunset dates

NOP has published national list sunset dates

a table of the sunset or expiration dates for all substances included on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List)

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OTCO Included in List Of EU Approved Certifiers

OTCO Included in List Of EU Approved Certifiers

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.

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2012 Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up

2012 Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up

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.

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USDA Mails 2011 Organic Production Survey to Producers

USDA Mails 2011 Organic Production Survey to Producers

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.

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USDA Appoints New Members to the National Organic Standards Board

USDA Appoints New Members to the National Organic Standards Board

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

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December 2011 NOP Newsletter

December 2011 NOP Newsletter

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.

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Andrew Rodman, Editor of Oregon Tilth's In Good Tilth Magazine, Beats Back Cancer on His Own Terms

Andrew Rodman, Editor of Oregon Tilth's In Good Tilth Magazine, Beats Back Cancer on His Own Terms

Using traditional and alternative medicine combined with the power of positive thinking, Andrew fights and recovers from cancer.

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NRCS Initiatives Offer Financial Assistance for Energy Audits, High Tunnels and Organic Operations

NRCS Initiatives Offer Financial Assistance for Energy Audits, High Tunnels and Organic Operations

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.

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