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Week of 2/7/2011

Week of 2/7/2011

This time of year, the cold shoulder of the spring season, we are seeding our earliest crops, finalizing the garden plan, and remembering lessons from years' past.

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Organic Costshare Reimbursement Program Update

Organic Costshare Reimbursement Program Update

Oregon growers, producers and handlers who are certified organic by USDA accredited certifiers are eligible to receive 75% of their certification fees reimbursed, up to a maximum of $750 per annual certification period.

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USDA makes decision on genetically engineered alfalfa

USDA makes decision on genetically engineered alfalfa

Action raises likelihood of renewed court challenge, says organic watchdog

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NOP requests comments on "made with" claim guidance

NOP requests comments on "made with" claim guidance

NOP asks for comments on percentage claims in "made with" organic products.

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Farm Program Manager, Tiffanie Huson Labbe Journeys Onward

Tiffanie Huson Labbe, Farm Program Manager, has written a letter updating all the clients with whom she's worked. We'll all miss you!

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Safe Public Places - Oregon's Integrated Pest Management Policy

Safe Public Places - Oregon's Integrated Pest Management Policy

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.

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ERS Issues New Report on Organic Contracts

ERS Issues New Report on Organic Contracts

The report, "The Role of Contracts in the Organic Supply Chain: 2004 and 2007," details the extent and logic in contracting organic operations.

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NOP Proposes Renewal of Twelve Substances

NOP Proposes Renewal of Twelve Substances

The NOP published a proposed rule to renew the listing of 12 substances currently allowed in production and handling of organic foods.

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David Granatstein Receives Organic Industry Service Award

David Granatstein Receives Organic Industry Service Award

David is one of Oregon Tilth's Board members. Congratulations David!

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USDA Offers Conservation Funding to Organic Producers

USDA Offers Conservation Funding to Organic Producers

Initiative in its third year Funding to help organic producers and those transitioning to organic production implement resource conservation practices on their agricultural operations.

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USDA Releases EIS on GM Alfalfa

USDA Releases EIS on GM Alfalfa

December 16th, 2010 - USDA announced the availability of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) regarding GM Alfalfa for public review

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Trade with Canada

Trade with Canada

In November 2010, the National Organic Program (NOP) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced updates to the US Canada Equivalency Agreement.

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The House Passes the Child Nutrition Act

The House Passes the Child Nutrition Act

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.

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Federal Court Orders Destruction of GMO Sugar Beets

Federal Court Orders Destruction of GMO Sugar Beets

First time GMO crops have been ordered to be destroyed.

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Oregon Tilth 2009-2010 Annual Report

Oregon Tilth 2009-2010 Annual Report

Oregon Tilth's annual report has been posted.

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Food Safety Bill - Small Farms to be Exempt

Food Safety Bill - Small Farms to be Exempt

Senate reaches agreement on food safety bill to exempt small farms.

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Eat Local for Thanksgiving

Eat Local for Thanksgiving

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.

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USDA Posts Searchable Database on Certified Organic Operations

USDA Posts Searchable Database on Certified Organic Operations

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.

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FTC Seeking Comment on Proposed Revisions to Green Guides

FTC Seeking Comment on Proposed Revisions to Green Guides

The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.

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USDA Conservation Program Payments and New Sign-up Announced for Oregonians Improving Natural Resources on Working Lands

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.

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