The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.
USDA Conservation Program Payments and New Sign-up Announced for Oregonians Improving Natural Resources on Working Lands
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA will begin issuing $26.8 million in payments under the Conservation Stewardship and Conservation Security programs to over 1,200 farmers and ranchers in Oregon to help maintain and improve the natural resources on their land.
Twice a year the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meets to receive public comment. Here is a summary of topics, discussion, and decisions.
Luscher Farm, home of Oregon Tilth's Organic Demonstration Garden sits on the Urban Growth Boundary of Portland, OR. As a public park, working farm, community garden, and teaching space, Luscher Farm provides a valuable, and unique, gathering place for the community. It is a regional destination, both historic and progressive in nature, and it needs our ongoing attention! If you've visited, or hope to visit in the future, please complete this online survey, and tell us about your relationship to Luscher Farm. Your input will help inform a master plan for the next quarter century - preserving, protecting, and enhancing this precious agricultural resource of the Willamette Valley!
National Organic Program (NOP) head Miles McEvoy presented priorities, accomplishments, updates, and plans for NOP on Oct. 25 at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in Madison, WI.
USDA’s National Organic Program has posted its bi-monthly report for September and October
USDA’s National Organic Program has posted five draft guidance documents for comment: compost and vermicompost in organic crop production; wild crop harvesting; outdoor access for organic poultry; commingling and contamination prevention in organic production and handling; and the use of chlorine materials in organic production and handling.
The National Organic Standards Board will vote at its October meeting on whether to drop hops from 205.606 in 2013. The revised committee decision discussion and recommendation are posted online.
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded 30 grants to enhance the ability of organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products.
The Oregon Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) today awarded the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) with their NRCS 2010 SWCD District Partnership Award during the annual Oregon Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) conference held this week in Sun River, Ore.
The OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) Products List reached a milestone on October 7, 2010, for the first time exceeding 2000 listed products. OMRI, a global leader in materials review, performs comprehensive verification and listing of materials suitable for use in organic production.
The OSU Small Farms Program invites applications for a part time (0.49 FTE) Extension Horticulture Instructor with an emphasis on sustainable/biological production systems appropriate for small scale farmers.
Washington State University has finalized stats for Oregon organic agriculture for 2009. The PDF details the data trends from 2005-2009.
Sally Brewer leaves today for Italy. She's off to take part in a five day meeting and celebration known as Terra Madre that brings together food communities from all over the world.
Court challenged the FDA’s finding that there is “no measurable compositional difference” between milk from rbGH-treated cows and milk from untreated cows
Organic Farmer Zoë Bradbury and Father, Former Oregon Secretary of State, Bill Bradbury, Inspire with Stories from the Corn Fields to the Capitol Steps, During Keynote at Luncheon Celebrating Local, Organic Food Trade
Oregon Tilth Offers Organic Certification and Natural Resources Conservation Cross-Training Materials
Website provides instructional materials and educational resources to encourage locally adapted cross-training courses and align efforts of conservation and organic professionals working with private landowners.
Two separate acknowledgements of organic agriculture in Oregon give validation to the practice, including Organically Grown in Oregon Week September 13-19 and the signing of a "letter of intent" that paves the way for greater cooperation in the future.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the availability of $6.37 million in federal funds for organic certification reimbursements for fiscal year 2010.
Oregonians Invited to Celebrate the State’s Organic Agricultural Community "Organically Grown in Oregon Week" highlights 22 years of innovation and abundance statewide, September 13 – 19, 2010