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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NOP Requesting Comment on Four Draft Guidance Documents

NOP Requesting Comment on Four Draft Guidance Documents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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International News

International News

Importing and exporting organic products continues to be challenging and confusing as more countries implement their own National Regulations. A silver lining to this situation is that there is significantly more activity between Governments to work out Agreements intended to ease restrictions on organic trade.

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USDA Accepting Comments on Materials Used, Prohibited in Organic Agriculture

USDA Accepting Comments on Materials Used, Prohibited in Organic Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published today an advance notice of proposed rulemaking concerning the scheduled expiration of twelve substances allowed or prohibited for use in organic agriculture.

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2011 cost share report

2011 cost share report

NOP has submitted its annual report on organic certification cost share programs to Congress.

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Planned economic analysis: Organic poultry living conditions

Planned economic analysis: Organic poultry living conditions

An independent impact analysis on proposed rules that the NOP intends to publish will be conducted by a professional consulting service.

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House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee passes FY2012 funding bill

House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee passes FY2012 funding bill

The total funding amount for USDA and FDA is $17.25 billion. the Agricultural Marketing Service, which contains the National Organic Program (NOP), was cut by over $9 million.

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USDA publishes guidance concerning compost and other issues

USDA publishes guidance concerning compost and other issues

The guidance concerns the issues of compost and vermicompost; wild crop harvesting; commingling and contamination prevention; and the use of chlorine materials in organic production and handling

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Exemptions proposed for two parasiticides

Exemptions proposed for two parasiticides

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a proposed rule to establish exemptions for the use of two synthetic substances in organic livestock production as parasiticides consistent with the recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board

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House Appropriations Committee to decide ag funding levels

House Appropriations Committee to decide ag funding levels

The House Appropriations Committee has released the schedule for appropriations mark-ups, and the target funding limits of each appropriations bill.

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All at Once...

All at Once...

It's a busy Spring in the Demonstration Garden at Luscher Farm. Huge thanks to our hard-working volunteers for keeping the garden weed free and well tended. Take a virtual tour of our beautiful, bountiful, and vibrant teaching space!

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Organic papayas and young coconut are on their way to North America

Organic papayas and young coconut are on their way to North America

Patagonia Orchards LLC is expanding their tropical mix to bring certified organic papaya and coconut from El Cayacalito in Mexico into the North American market. The new items introduced will be available for shipping beginning May of this year, and include Sunset Papayas, Maridol Papayas, Young (sweet) coconuts, and mature coconuts.

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USDA EQIP - Apply by May 20, 2011

USDA EQIP - Apply by May 20, 2011

This is a reminder that producers have until May 20 to apply for the USDA's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative, which has been re-opened for a second round this year. The program provides financial and technical assistance to growers to implement conservation practices like cover cropping, pest management, crop rotation, the use of high tunnels, stream buffers, hedgerow planting, and various other practices.

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Canada Update

Canada Update

The Canada Food Inspection Agency [CFIA] has notified the organic industry that the two-year Stream of Commerce and Enforcement Policy will end on 30 June 2011 according to schedule. Operators in Canada certified to the COR are expected to be in full compliance at this time.

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