Tiffanie Huson Labbe, Farm Program Manager, has written a letter updating all the clients with whom she's worked. We'll all miss you!
Oregon Tilth is sharing a message from Winter Green Farm (certified organic since 1984) and Oregon Toxics Alliance (a partner environmental health organization) about Safe Public Places, a new initiative to promote an Integrated Pest Management Policy for Oregon’s state government. Oregon Tilth supports the initiative and wanted to spread the word to our network and invite your support.
The report, "The Role of Contracts in the Organic Supply Chain: 2004 and 2007," details the extent and logic in contracting organic operations.
The NOP published a proposed rule to renew the listing of 12 substances currently allowed in production and handling of organic foods.
David is one of Oregon Tilth's Board members. Congratulations David!
Initiative in its third year Funding to help organic producers and those transitioning to organic production implement resource conservation practices on their agricultural operations.
December 16th, 2010 - USDA announced the availability of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding GM Alfalfa for public review
In November 2010, the National Organic Program (NOP) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced updates to the US Canada Equivalency Agreement.
Last Thursday the House of Representatives approved a $4.5 billion child nutrition bill which will give schools more money to spend on school lunches as well as set new nutritional standards for all foods sold in schools.
First time GMO crops have been ordered to be destroyed.
Oregon Tilth's annual report has been posted.
Senate reaches agreement on food safety bill to exempt small farms.
Focus on the connections that buying locally have in our lives and reconnect our Thanksgiving traditions with local agricultural traditions of celebrating the harvest by asking individuals to "Take the Pledge" and purchase one locally grown item for their Thanksgiving meal.
Agricultural Marketing Service is responsible for providing oversight to accrediting certifying agents and their certification of organic production and handling operations. On an annual basis, AMS receives information about these operations from each of the accredited certifying agents.
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