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NOSB 2010 Fall Report

NOSB 2010 Fall Report

Twice a year the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meets to receive public comment. Here is a summary of topics, discussion, and decisions.

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Friends, Partners, Volunteers, and Students - We Need Your Input!

Friends, Partners, Volunteers, and Students - We Need Your Input!

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!

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NOP Updates - 2010-11-01

NOP Updates - 2010-11-01

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.

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NOP Posts Bi-monthly Report

NOP Posts Bi-monthly Report

USDA’s National Organic Program has posted its bi-monthly report for September and October

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NOP Offers Draft Guidance Documents for Comment

NOP Offers Draft Guidance Documents for Comment

USDA’s National Organic Program has posted five draft guidance documents for comment: compost and vermicompost in organic crop production; wild crop harvesting; outdoor access for organic poultry; commingling and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.

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NOSB Committee Proposes Dropping Hops from 606

NOSB Committee Proposes Dropping Hops from 606

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.

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USDA Announces Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Projects

USDA Announces Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Projects

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.

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Benton Soil, Water Conservation District earns state recognition from NRCS

Benton Soil, Water Conservation District earns state recognition from NRCS

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.

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OMRI Products List Exceeds 2000 Products

OMRI Products List Exceeds 2000 Products

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.

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Job Opening - OSU Extension Small Farms Instructor

Job Opening - OSU Extension Small Farms Instructor

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.

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Oregon Certified Organic Acreage, Sales and Livestock 2009 Tables

Oregon Certified Organic Acreage, Sales and Livestock 2009 Tables

Washington State University has finalized stats for Oregon organic agriculture for 2009. The PDF details the data trends from 2005-2009.

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Gathering Together Farm's Sally Brewer off to Italy

Gathering Together Farm's Sally Brewer off to Italy

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.

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Ohio Court Rules Milk from rBGH Cows is "Compositionally Different"

Ohio Court Rules Milk from rBGH Cows is "Compositionally Different"

Court challenged the FDA’s finding that there is “no measurable compositional difference” between milk from rbGH-treated cows and milk from untreated cows

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Oregon Organic Coalition Bestows Awards for Excellence on Seven Local Individuals and Companies

Oregon Organic Coalition Bestows Awards for Excellence on Seven Local Individuals and Companies

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

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Oregon Tilth Offers Organic Certification and Natural Resources Conservation Cross-Training Materials

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.

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Oregon's Organic Agriculture Solidifies its Place

Oregon's Organic Agriculture Solidifies its Place

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.

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USDA Makes Available $6 Million for Organic Certification Cost-Share Reimbursements

USDA Makes Available $6 Million for Organic Certification Cost-Share Reimbursements

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.

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Organically Grown in Oregon Week Press Release

Organically Grown in Oregon Week Press Release

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

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Whiteside Jam, Theatre Benefit concert

Whiteside Jam, Theatre Benefit concert

September 19th, 2010 - 11am to 11pm Whiteside Jam, Theatre Benefit concert, Benton County fairgrounds.

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Organically Grown in Oregon Week

Organically Grown in Oregon Week

Governor Theodore Kulongoski has declared the week of September 13-19, 2010, Organically Grown in Oregon Week.

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