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NOP Proposes Periodic Residue Testing

NOP Proposes Periodic Residue Testing

The National Organic Program (NOP) is seeking comments to a proposed rule requiring that certifying agents conduct periodic residue testing of organically produced agricultural products.

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Spring Intensive

Spring Intensive

Tantalizing windows of sunshine during this fickle Spring lend to a rather chaotic bed-preparation and planting regimen.

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Organic Valley Recognizes the Next Generation of Organic Farmers

Organic Valley Recognizes the Next Generation of Organic Farmers

Trio of Young Farmer-Owners Recognized with Gen-O Award in Three Regions

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Earth Day 2011

Earth Day 2011

Another Earth Day has arrived, providing an opportunity to pause and reflect on the world of which we are all an integral part.

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Oregon Tilth's Comments to the NOSB - April 2011

Oregon Tilth's Comments to the NOSB - April 2011

Oregon Tilth's comments to the NOSB pertaining to Chlorine Materials, Corn Steep Liqour, Animal Welfare, and Animal Handling and Transport have been posted online.

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USDA Seeking Nominations for Five Openings on NOSB

USDA Seeking Nominations for Five Openings on NOSB

USDA is seeking nominations for five upcoming vacancies on the NOSB.

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Straw Bale Bonanza

Straw Bale Bonanza

Wet. Wet. Wet. After weeks of rain, we find ourselves in a holding pattern. The soil is far too wet to prep, and the few beds that were covered and/or mulched (in January) for early spring panting, have since found themselves occupied by greens, peas, onions, leeks, and a speckled smattering of lettuce.

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Comments to NOSB

Comments to NOSB

The Board makes recommendations to the National Organic Program (NOP) as to whether a substance should be allowed or prohibited in organic production or handling, assists in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production, and advises the Secretary of Agriculture regarding other aspects of implementation of the Organic Farming Production Act (OFPA).

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NOP Organic Cost Share Program

NOP Organic Cost Share Program

The Organic Certification Cost Share Programs reimburse eligible producers and handlers for a portion of the costs of organic certification.

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New Regulations for Organic Eggs

New Regulations for Organic Eggs

NOSB is updating regulations for organically raised chickens

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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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