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OTA Explains Benefits of Organic in Light of Study Release

OTA Explains Benefits of Organic in Light of Study Release

In response to recent publicity concerning an article in-press for the next issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) reminds consumers that organic has a great story to tell.

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USDA Organic Program to Undergo Audit

USDA Organic Program to Undergo Audit

The U.S. Agriculture Department has ordered an audit of its National Organic Program, saying that external scrutiny is needed to improve the integrity, transparency and reliability of the seven-year-old food program.

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US-Canada Organic Trade Agreement Announced

US-Canada Organic Trade Agreement Announced

A first of its kind agreement has been reached between the US and Canada to expand opportunities for organic trade between the two countries. The "equivalency agreement" follows a review by both nations of the other's organic certification program.

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Washington State University Oregon Organic Ag Statistics

Washington State University Oregon Organic Ag Statistics

With cooperation from Oregon Tilth and WSDA Organic Food Program, Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) has been compiling statistics to characterize the organic agriculture sector in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California.

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Emerging Issues in the Organic Industry

Emerging Issues in the Organic Industry

A report given by the USDA Economic Research Service covers some more recent trends facing the organic industry such as a supply squeeze, increase of organic imports from foreign countries, and a weaker economy.

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USDA To Conduct Organic Survey

USDA To Conduct Organic Survey

USDA is conducting its first-ever, wide-scale survey of organic agriculture. Through the Organic Production Survey, NASS will gather additional information on how the growth of organic farming is changing the face of U.S. agriculture.

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OSU Budget Cuts to Effect Extension Efforts

OSU Budget Cuts to Effect Extension Efforts

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State University officials say they plan to cut $13.4 million from the school's current budget.

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Organic Acreage Continues to Grow Across the West

Organic Acreage Continues to Grow Across the West

Organic agriculture continues on its upward climb in Washington state, according to a recently released annual report from Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Oregon Organic Certification Cost Share Funds Available

Oregon Organic Certification Cost Share Funds Available

The Organic Cost Share Reimbursement Program was approved by Congress and funds made available through the USDA to applicant states. Oregon received $405,000 in reimbursement funds.

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Oregon Tilth Announces the Comprehensive Organic Gardener Program

Oregon Tilth Announces the Comprehensive Organic Gardener Program

New class series offered for the urban agriculturalist

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3 Liquid Fertilizers Prohibited in Organic Production

Ruling made by the NOP prohibits liquid fertilizers previously allowed in organic production.

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Oregon Tilth and AIB Launch Organic Training

Oregon Tilth and AIB Launch Organic Training

AIB International and Oregon Tilth, a leader in Organic Certification, have teamed together to bring you a unique seminar, Organic Certification with a Foundation in Food Safety.

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Energy Program Helps Growers and Operators Save Energy and Money

Energy Program Helps Growers and Operators Save Energy and Money

As energy prices climb and growers and operators watch their bottom line shrink, a regional group has announced services to help conduct on-site energy audits and secure funding for energy efficiency upgrades. Producers and small rural businesses in western Oregon counties can receive these services at no charge.

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Oregon Tilth Submits Comments on Proposed Pasture Regulation

Oregon Tilth Submits Comments on Proposed Pasture Regulation

Oregon Tilth comments on Proposed Pasture Regulation

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USDA Amends Certification Cost Assistance Program

USDA Amends Certification Cost Assistance Program

The USDA, today, announced that they have amended the organic certification cost share program, resulting in funds being eligible to more farmers, producers and processors.

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NOP Releases Proposed Pasture Regulation

NOP Releases Proposed Pasture Regulation

New proposed pasture regulation for organic livestock production has been released. The proposed regulations could mean major change for organic livestock producers. Comments on the recommendation requested.

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Oregon's Organic Farmers Fight Against GMO's

Oregon's Organic Farmers Fight Against GMO's

Critics of genetically modified crops have warned about "frankenfood" and "superweeds" for years. But today, more than four-fifths of the nation's corn, cotton and soybean crops are altered to resist pesticides and insects.

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Organic Farm Prevails Against Pesticide Spraying Company

Organic Farm Prevails Against Pesticide Spraying Company

Landmark ruling sends a clear message to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) that pesticides that evaporate and move to non-target property with wind or fog need to be strictly regulated to prevent future property damage. Judge awards damages in the sum of $1 million.

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OTCO Procedures Manual Revisions

OTCO Procedures Manual Revisions

The Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) program revised certification procedures became effective September 15, 2008.

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OSU Extension and Oregon Tilth Launch New Program

OSU Extension and Oregon Tilth Launch New Program

OSU Extension and Oregon Tilth have joined forces to launch the New Organic Gardening Certificate Program. This program is similar in scope and size to the famous OSU Master Gardener Program, but with an organic focus.

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