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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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"Organic Essentials Guide" Released by The Organic Center

"Organic Essentials Guide" Released by The Organic Center

A new complimentary pocket guide can help consumers avoid the high-risk fresh produce during the summer and winter season.

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Toxic Consequences of the Green Revolution

Toxic Consequences of the Green Revolution

India: Four decades after the so-called Green Revolution enabled this vast nation to feed itself, some farmers are turning their backs on modern agricultural methods—the use of modified seeds, fertilizer, and pesticides—in favor of organic farming.

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Despite Economic Dip, Organic Food Sales Soar

Despite Economic Dip, Organic Food Sales Soar

Even in a down economy, green consumers have shown a willingness to pay more for organic, natural or environmentally-friendly products, per a study released last week by the Natural Marketing Institute and The Nielsen Co.

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Vegan Farming Takes Organic to the Next Level

Vegan Farming Takes Organic to the Next Level

Much like certified organic farmers, veganic farmers use no synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified ingredients. Veganic farmers use crop rotations and composted plant matter -- or "green manure" -- to fertilize their crops.

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Herb Pharm Receives Herbal Industry Leader Award

Herb Pharm Receives Herbal Industry Leader Award

American Herbal Products Association Honors Herb Pharm for Outstanding Business Practices

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Farm Bill Victories for Organic Farmers

Farm Bill Victories for Organic Farmers

America's ten thousand organic farmers have won a strong commitment to organic systems research, according to the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). "With the override of the President's veto and final passage of the 2008 Farm Bill, Congress has made a substantial down payment toward a fair share of federal funding for organic agriculture," said Steve Ela, an organic tree fruit grower from Colorado and President of OFRF.

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Oregon's Organic Agriculture and Processing Industry

Oregon's Organic Agriculture and Processing Industry

Organic agriculture and food processing is a relatively small but rapidly growing segment of Oregon's total agriculture industry.

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WSU To Offer Online Organic Course

WSU To Offer Online Organic Course

WSU develops new online Organic coursed to prepare student for work in organic agriculture industry.

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Food Prices on the Rise, What Will This Do to the Organic Shoppers?

Food Prices on the Rise, What Will This Do to the Organic Shoppers?

Organic prices are rising for many of the same reasons affecting conventional food prices: higher fuel costs, rising demand and a tight supply of the grains needed for animal feed and bakery items. In fact, demand for organic wheat, soybeans and corn is so great that farmers are receiving unheard-of prices.

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Organic Center Study Shows Health Benefits of Organic

Organic Center Study Shows Health Benefits of Organic

In depth review of the published scientific literature which finally gives us the ability to answer the basic question -- are organic foods generally more nutritious than conventional foods?

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International Agricultural Assessment Calls for Change

International Agricultural Assessment Calls for Change

WASHINGTON/LONDON/NAIROBI/DELHI - 15th April 2008. The way the world grows its food will have to change radically to better serve the poor and hungry if the world is to cope with a growing population and climate change while avoiding social breakdown and environmental collapse.

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NOP Announces Reorganization

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced organizational and structural changes for National Organic Program (NOP) after five-plus years of program implementation.

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OMRI Slashes Prices for Listing in Seed Database

The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) recently slashed prices for seed suppliers to list organic varieties in its Organic Seed Database. The Organic Seed Database enables organic growers to search the availability of organic seed, both open-pollinated varieties and newly developed hybrids.

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