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Interim Rule Extends Use of Methionine in Organic Poultry Production

Interim Rule Extends Use of Methionine in Organic Poultry Production

USDA has adopted as final an interim rule that extends the use of synthetic methionine in organic poultry production until 10/01/12.

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Farmers and Consumer Groups File Lawsuit Challenging GM Alfalfa Approval

Farmers and Consumer Groups File Lawsuit Challenging GM Alfalfa Approval

Attorneys for the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture arguing that the agency's recent unrestricted approval of GM alfalfa was unlawful.

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Week of 3/14/2011

Week of 3/14/2011

Just as we step from Spring's starting-line, the month of March has us feeling somewhat winded already - but surely satisfied. This week marks the culmination of our initial Comprehensive Organic Gardener (COG) course, as well as most of our early spring plantings.

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University of Oregon Food Justice Conference: What is Food Justice

University of Oregon Food Justice Conference: What is Food Justice

For 4 days in February 2011, the University of Oregon's Food Justice conference drew leaders together from the sustainability movement, farmers, scholars, educators, students, and others to examine the food system through the lens of community, equity, and sustainability concerns.

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Webinars from the USDA ERS 2011 Organic Farming Systems Conference

Webinars from the USDA ERS 2011 Organic Farming Systems Conference

eOrganic is partnering with the USDA ERS to bring select presentations of the 2011 Organic Farming Systems Conference live online. The following events will be available to attend. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. The presentations will be recorded and posted at http://www.extension.org/article/33545 following the conference.

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UN Reports Agroecology can Double Food Output

UN Reports Agroecology can Double Food Output

Farmers in developing nations could produce twice as much food by using ecological agriculture instead of traditional chemical fertilizers and pesticides, according to a report by the U.N.

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Week of 2/21/11

Week of 2/21/11

Things are beginning to heat-up in the demonstration garden - the birds, the soil, the compost, our hands! This week we'll be transplanting our first batch of Spring Brassicas...

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Organic Industry to Honor Brands with Responsible Packaging Awards

Organic Industry to Honor Brands with Responsible Packaging Awards

The Responsible Packaging Awards will be held March 10, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center, during the Natural Products Expo West. The public event will showcase and celebrate the latest brands to receive this special acknowledgment.

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Plate & Pitchfork - OEC Spotlight

Plate & Pitchfork - OEC Spotlight

Plate & Pitchfork is an organization that hosts dinners and events that highlight local and sustainable food. They've worked with Oregon Tilth's OEC for several years.

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Letter to Senate asking for an equitable approach to spending cuts

Oregon Tilth signed a letter asking the Senate for a more equitable approach to spending cuts and not unfairly targeting higher percentage cuts to important agriculture, conservation and nutrition programs. Find out how to get involved!

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Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Updated

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Updated

2010 was a big year for GOTS with new online data base, film, and regional reps

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Certified Organic Honey

Certified Organic Honey

Read Max Goldberg's article questioning organic honey featuring an Interview with Oregon Tilth's Garth Kahl

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Week of 2/14/2011

Week of 2/14/2011

Reticent to dive in, wringing my numb hands, stomping my rubberized feet, I wondered if perhaps the beds were still too wet...

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Bean & Grain Project

The project involves several Oregon Tilth certified organic operations.

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Week of 2/7/2011

Week of 2/7/2011

This time of year, the cold shoulder of the spring season, we are seeding our earliest crops, finalizing the garden plan, and remembering lessons from years' past.

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Organic Costshare Reimbursement Program Update

Organic Costshare Reimbursement Program Update

Oregon growers, producers and handlers who are certified organic by USDA accredited certifiers are eligible to receive 75% of their certification fees reimbursed, up to a maximum of $750 per annual certification period.

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USDA makes decision on genetically engineered alfalfa

USDA makes decision on genetically engineered alfalfa

Action raises likelihood of renewed court challenge, says organic watchdog

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NOP requests comments on "made with" claim guidance

NOP requests comments on "made with" claim guidance

NOP asks for comments on percentage claims in "made with" organic products.

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