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Understanding Organic & Sustainable Agriculture

Understanding Organic & Sustainable Agriculture

In partnership with Oregon Tilth, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's East and West National Technology Support Centers are pleased to present "Understanding Organic and Sustainable Agriculture" webinars in 2014.

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Public Comment Extension Regarding Agricultural Coexistence

Public Comment Extension Regarding Agricultural Coexistence

Working hard to put together your comments on how agricultural coexistence can be strengthened? USDA is extending the comment deadline until March 4, 2014.

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December Organic Integrity Quarterly

December Organic Integrity Quarterly

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce the December 2013 issue of the Organic Integrity Quarterly newsletter.

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Organic Trade Resources + Training Opportunities

Organic Trade Resources + Training Opportunities

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to share new fact sheets to support organic trade. We'd also like to highlight upcoming training opportunities (including one in Spanish!).

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A One-Stop Shop for Organics at usda.gov, with Lots in Store!

A One-Stop Shop for Organics at usda.gov, with Lots in Store!

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce a new one-stop shop for organics at usda.gov! We are also pleased to highlight grants to support organic-focused research, education and extension programs.

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Program Handbook Update + Produce Webinars

Program Handbook Update + Produce Webinars

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) wanted to share several updates to the National Organic Program Handbook. Additionally, nominate yourself or a colleague to the fruit and vegetable industry advisory committee and mark your calendars for an upcoming produce webinar!

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NOSB Memos, Coexistence + Conservation Programs

NOSB Memos, Coexistence + Conservation Programs

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has sent two memos to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) related to substances in organic production and handling. Additionally, USDA is currently requesting feedback on ways to foster communication and collaboration among those involved in diverse agricultural production systems in order to further agricultural coexistence.

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Senators urge Korean officials to keep organic trade open

Senators urge Korean officials to keep organic trade open

This past week, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and 12 of her Senate colleagues sent a letter to Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young expressing concern that the Korean market may close to organic exports on Jan. 1, 2014.

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Annual Meeting Recap and Vote Results

Annual Meeting Recap and Vote Results

On December 7, Oregon Tilth held its Annual Membership Meeting at Willamette Valley Vineyards in Turner, OR. Despite sub-freezing temps and icy roads, Tilth members and staff showed up to mingle, celebrate and cultivate Tilth culture.

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Organic Production Enhances Milk Nutritional Quality

Organic Production Enhances Milk Nutritional Quality

Organic Production Enhances Milk Nutritional Quality by Shifting Fatty Acid Composition: A United States–Wide, 18-Month Study

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Online Organic Certification Directory + USDA Grants

Online Organic Certification Directory + USDA Grants

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) wants to clarify that an online directory of organic operations, www.usdaorganicfarms.com, is not affiliated with USDA.

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Congress Weighs in on Proposed Food Safety Regulations

Congress Weighs in on Proposed Food Safety Regulations

With the close of the public comment period for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed regulations on produce safety and preventive controls for facilities that manufacture human food, Congress submitted a number of letters to FDA on important issues in the proposed rules.

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Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up Begins – Farmer Applications Due by January 17

Conservation Stewardship Program Sign-Up Begins – Farmer Applications Due by January 17

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the start of the 2014 enrollment process for farmers and ranchers who want to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

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The Science and Value of Organic

The Science and Value of Organic

Think a family on a budget can’t eat all organic all the time? Think again. With proper planning and preparation, families of four can enjoy three organic meals every day for less than $25, according to tips and recipe suggestions offered by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

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Xerces Society report details negative effects of neonicotinoids on beneficial insects

Xerces Society report details negative effects of neonicotinoids on beneficial insects

Researchers at the Xerces Society published a report this year detailing the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on beneficial insects such as bees, lady beetles, and earthworms. The paper, entitled “Beyond the Birds and the Bees,” provides a comprehensive review of the growing body of research on harmful effects that neonicotinoids have on these invertebrates, and makes recommendations on how to protect beneficial insects.

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Alert: New Fraudulent Organic Certificates

Alert: New Fraudulent Organic Certificates

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) wants to alert the organic trade and public to the presence of two fraudulent organic certificates.

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Grass Fed Beef Prices, Produce Webinars, Organic Data + More

Grass Fed Beef Prices, Produce Webinars, Organic Data + More

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is pleased to highlight several exciting updates for the organic community: New grass fed beef Market News report, Informative webinars for the produce industry, U.S. certified organic acreage report, USDA efforts to expand agroforestry practices, Program Handbook update.

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Update: National Organic Standards Board Meetings

Update: National Organic Standards Board Meetings

After reviewing a number of factors, such as facility scheduling and participant availability, we are confirming that we will not reschedule the Board's fall meeting. Instead, the Board will meet as scheduled for its next public meeting in San Antonio, Texas the week of April 28, 2014.

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Nation’s Largest Organic Seed Conference to Take Place in Corvallis, Oregon

Nation’s Largest Organic Seed Conference to Take Place in Corvallis, Oregon

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA), with co-hosts Washington State University, Oregon State University, and eOrganic, will hold its 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference in Corvallis, OR, from January 30 – February 1, 2014. The conference begins with a full-day tour of seed enterprises in the Willamette Valley, home to a premier seed-growing region and industry. The two-day conference that follows features presentations, panel discussions, and networking events around the theme: Innovation in the Field.

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Publication Offers Guidance for Conservation Buffers on Organic Farms

Publication Offers Guidance for Conservation Buffers on Organic Farms

A newly released publication, Conservation Buffers in Organic Systems: Western State Implementation Guide, provides guidance on installing buffers in organic production systems to meet the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) regulations. Part of a five‐guide series, this resource will enable the Federal Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) Program, especially the EQIP Organic Initiative, to be more responsive to and valuable for organic farmers.

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