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Unpackaged Products + Reinstatements + Conservation Resources

Unpackaged Products + Reinstatements + Conservation Resources

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce final guidance for handling unpackaged organic products. This guidance implements a recommendation from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and responds to findings from the Office of Inspector General. We also updated an instruction for certifiers on reinstating suspended organic operations. Additionally, you can now access a variety of conservation guides and webinars tailored for organic operations.

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Sunset Info + NOSB Review Timeline

Sunset Info + NOSB Review Timeline

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published additional information on the streamlined sunset review and renewal process and sent the NOSB a memo regarding the sunset review timeline.

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Think you want to be a farmer? Join Rogue Farm Corps

Think you want to be a farmer? Join Rogue Farm Corps

FarmsNext is a full season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. Through an innovative and cooperative model, FarmsNext combines up to 1500 hours of field training with a mentor farmer, 75 hours of classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, 15 tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Oregon’s scenic Rogue and South Willamette Valleys.

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Handling Unpackaged Organic Products

Handling Unpackaged Organic Products

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce final guidance for handling unpackaged organic products. This guidance implements a recommendation from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and responds to findings from the Office of Inspector General.

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Sunset Review Timeline

Sunset Review Timeline

AMS has asked the NOSB to review substances currently on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances per the timeline linked below.

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New Publication Offers Guidance for Cover Crops on Organic Farms

New Publication Offers Guidance for Cover Crops on Organic Farms

A newly released publication, Cover Crop in Organic Systems: Western State Implementation Guide, provides an overview of how cover crops can be used on organic operations, different purposes for the use of this conservation practice, design considerations, and related 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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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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