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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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OFRF Organic Farming Grants Total $2.7 Million over 20 Years

OFRF Organic Farming Grants Total $2.7 Million over 20 Years

The Organic Farming Research Foundation(OFRF) is proud to announce it has awarded 314 grants totaling close to $2.7 million as it begins its 21st year.

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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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