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Comprehensive Organic Gardening Course - Fall 2011

Comprehensive Organic Gardening Course - Fall 2011

From September 28-October 19, Oregon Tilth's Organic Education Center taught a wonderful group of aspiring and seasoned gardeners how to garden organically!

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USDA Supports Research and Marketing of Organic Agriculture in 18 States

USDA Supports Research and Marketing of Organic Agriculture in 18 States

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced today 23 new grants to research and extension programs working to help organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products.

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Help Protect Organic in the 2012 Farm Bill

Help Protect Organic in the 2012 Farm Bill

In order to reach deficit reduction requirements, Members of Congress are currently facing the daunting task of determining where the unprecedented spending cuts can, and will, come from.

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Ruminant Livestock Producers in NM and TX Granted Temporary Variance

Ruminant Livestock Producers in NM and TX Granted Temporary Variance

Due to severe drought, the USDA is granting ruminant livestock producers in the following New Mexico and Texas counties with a temporary variance: NM counties: Catron, Cibola, Curry, De Baca, Roosevelt, San Miguel, and Socorro. TX counties: Bastrop, Lamb, and Travis.

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Fall 2011 NOSB Meeting

Fall 2011 NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board welcomes your comments on their fall agenda items and other topics. Please submit your comments electronically via regulations.gov. Deadline: November 13, 2011

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Organic Trade Resource Guide

Organic Trade Resource Guide

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has unveiled a new Organic Trade Resource Guide website to help facilitate international trade in organic agricultural products.

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Canada Organic Office Updates Q&A Page

Canada Organic Office Updates Q&A Page

These questions were first posted as drafts, subject to a 60 day comment period. The Standards Interpretation Committee considered all comments and revised some responses accordingly.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY2012 Agriculture Funding Bill

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY2012 Agriculture Funding Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations passed its Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill on Sept. 7. This bill contains the Senate’s recommended funding levels for USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) programs.

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Organic Representative Among Appointees to Ag Advisory committees

Organic Representative Among Appointees to Ag Advisory committees

USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative have announced 148 private-sector appointees to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) and six Agricultural Technical Advisory Committees (ATACS)

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USDA Listening Session Report

USDA Listening Session Report

Jim Pierce, Oregon Tilth's Global Certification Program Manager, represented OTCO at the USDA Listening Session held on Tuesday, September 20th. Read his comments and thoughts for the USDA Listening Session.

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NOP Summer 2011 Newsletter

NOP Summer 2011 Newsletter

Download the NOP Summer 2011 Newsletter. Topics include the National List, Organic Compliance and Enforcement, and more!

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Farmers' Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program

Farmers' Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released an updated version of their popular Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program. The Guide is intended to help family farmers, ranchers, and foresters understand the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) enrollment process.

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NOP has a New Homepage

NOP has a New Homepage

NOP just launched a new, streamlined website that presents information more clearly for those that don't "speak" organic.

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OMRI Drop Notice

OMRI Drop Notice

OMRI reports to certifiers any product names removed from the OMRI Products List within ten days of their removal. OMRI 'drops' products when the companies voluntarily request their products be removed from the program or they fail to comply with the organization's policies. OMRI prohibits products only when conclusive evidence is on file to demonstrate a non-compliance with the NOP Rule.

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Research shows organic farming is more profitable in the long run

Research shows organic farming is more profitable in the long run

An analysis of 18 years of crop yield and farm management data from a long-term University of Minnesota trial has shown that an organic crop rotation was consistently more profitable and carried less risk of low returns than conventional corn and soybean production.

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Summer Beauty and Green Manure

Summer Beauty and Green Manure

We invite you to the Open House and Tilth Plant Sale at Luscher Farm on September 17!

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Help Stop "Roundup Ready" Alfalfa

Help Stop "Roundup Ready" Alfalfa

Roundup Ready alfalfa can contaminate other non-genetically engineered alfalfa seed and hay. They also lead to the creation of herbicide tolerant weeds, weeds that result in increased use of herbicides.

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Study Shows Switching from Conventional to Organic Practices Reduces Drug Resistant Bacteria

Study Shows Switching from Conventional to Organic Practices Reduces Drug Resistant Bacteria

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.

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Farmers Markets could Generate Tens of Thousands of New Jobs with Modest Federal Support, New Report Finds

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

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Number of U.S. farmers markets up 17% in 2011

Number of U.S. farmers markets up 17% in 2011

Alaska and Texas ranked at the top for most growth in farmers markets

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