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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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NOP Releases Report on Organic Certifying Agents' Activities in China

NOP Releases Report on Organic Certifying Agents' Activities in China

The National Organic Program has released its report based on its review of certifying agents' activities in China last year.

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USDA Raises Quotas for Organic Sugar

USDA Raises Quotas for Organic Sugar

The USDA has boosted the volume of specialty sugar available to the U.S. market.

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Oregon Tilth Launches Certification Program to NSF/ANSI 305

Oregon Tilth Launches Certification Program to NSF/ANSI 305

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.

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Materials Relisted by Federal Register Final Rule

Materials Relisted by Federal Register Final Rule

Federal Register Final Rule Notice for relisting of the following materials was published today.

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Farming with Food Safety and Conservation in Mind

Farming with Food Safety and Conservation in Mind

Publication from the Wild Farm Alliance and Community Alliance with Family Farmers covering co-management of food safety and conservation.

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Cost Share Reimbursement Funds Still Available for Organic Producers

Cost Share Reimbursement Funds Still Available for Organic Producers

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.

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Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011

Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011

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.

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International Trade Reminders

International Trade Reminders

When credible information is received it will be passed along to you. In the meantime please read these important reminders.

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Organic Recognition on Capital Hill

Organic Recognition on Capital Hill

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.

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Arrival of Summer

Arrival of Summer

Warm days and sunny skies bring life, color and happiness to the Oregon Tilth Demonstration Garden this summer!

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Organic Cost Share Applications Now Available

Organic Cost Share Applications Now Available

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).

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Canada Standards and Permitted Substances List have been updated

Canada Standards and Permitted Substances List have been updated

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.

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Canada Organic Regulation has become fully effective

Canada Organic Regulation has become fully effective

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.

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USDA Finds in Favor of Grass-Fed Cows

USDA Finds in Favor of Grass-Fed Cows

A study by USDA scientists finds that raising cows on grass, instead of in factory farms, produces fewer greenhouse-gas emissions and other pollutants.

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NOP Requesting Comment on Four Draft Guidance Documents

NOP Requesting Comment on Four Draft Guidance Documents

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

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USDA Filling Five Vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board

USDA Filling Five Vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board

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.

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Canada and EU reach Bi-lateral Equivalency Agreement

Canada and EU reach Bi-lateral Equivalency Agreement

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.

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May-June

May-June

The great wet wonderland of the Pacific Northwest garden!

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USDA OK’s Organic Textile Labeling Including GOTS

USDA OK’s Organic Textile Labeling Including GOTS

USDA policy memo confirms U.S.-based companies can claim their textile products are “organic” if GOTS-certified

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