U.S. consumer demand for organically produced goods has grown continuously since USDA established national standards for organic production and processing in 2002. According to new ERS estimates, the U.S. had 3.1 million acres of certified organic cropland in 2011 and 2.3 million acres of certified organic pasture and rangeland, continuing the long-term growth trend in this sector.
Oregon Tilth is pleased to announce that there are no increases in general certification fees for 2014. We have made adjustments to certain parts of the Fee Schedule in order to solidify some new services we are growing. These changes will be effective January 5th, 2014.
Ecotrust and Edible Portland have released a three-video series, Oregon Mushroom Stories, to share our wonder and excitement about the mycological world of the Pacific Northwest.
School food is a relatively untapped and reliable market for farmers. Relationships between farmers and schools benefit local communities, and provide some of the healthiest, freshest food to children. The state of Oregon recently awarded more than $1M in grants to Oregon schools to buy local foods, which means that Oregon schools are more able to afford local food than ever before. Ecotrust is excited to be able to provide FREE assistance to help farmers and other food producers in Oregon to make connections and sell to these school districts.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) launched a new website to promote the benefits of organic fiber to the environment, farmers, and the public. Choosing organic cotton gives control to farmers instead of GM companies, eliminates hazardous synthetic pesticides, helps farmers feed their families, save precious water, and combats climate change.
On October 3rd, the Sunset 2013 final rule was published in the Federal Register. This action becomes effective on November 3, 2013. The "Sunset 2013" final rule implements recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to address 13 listings on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. This action affects the crops and processing sections of the National List, renewing 12 listings for five years and removing one listing.
The Organic Center (The Center) today announced the names of 24 scientists who have agreed to serve on its newly formed Science Advisory Board. “We are pleased with the response from prominent scientists to serve on our Science Advisory Board,” said Jessica Shade, Ph.D., The Organic Center’s Director of Scientific Programs. She added, “All are distinguished researchers who are recognized for excellence in the field of organic research.”
OTA’s International Department is gearing up for Natural Products Expo West in March in Anaheim and more specifically the Reverse Trade Mission that we will be hosting. Reverse Trade Missions are an opportunity for U.S. organic companies to meet with foreign buyers to discuss export opportunities and generate sales. To organize the best event we possibly can, we would like to hear from you!
The recipients of the 2013 Oregon Organic Coalition (OOC) Awards For Excellence were announced at a celebratory luncheon at the Ecotrust Building in Portland. The event was keynoted by Peter Buckley, Oregon State Representative for Ashland, Talent, Pheonix, Jacksonville, Oregon.
After being postponed twice in three years, the Korea Organic Regulations are scheduled to become mandatory on January 1, 2014 and will require all imports to be directly certified to the Korea Standards. This will effectively shut out all imports of NOP organic product. Products that have cleared customs in Korea before December 31, 2013 will be allowed to remain in the stream of commerce and be sold as organic in Korea after the January 1st date.
The Organic Center has a good interview w/ David Granatstein from WSU (an Oregon Tilth Board member) in its featured scientist section of their newly updated website. It provides a good overview of David's experience and dedication to organic agriculture.
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food.
Everyone has a role in ensuring safe food from field to fork. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the first major overhaul of our nation’s food safety practices since 1938, and it includes new regulations for produce farms and for facilities that process food for people to eat. Learn more about the FSMA, how it affects you, and submit your comments to the FDA by November 15.
Melody Meyer, Vice President for Policy and Industry Relations at UNFI, has been named the new Board President of the Organic Trade Association, succeeding Matt McLean of Uncle Matt’s Organic who served as president for the past two years.
Just Label It applauds U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for her leadership in preventing a provision deemed the "Monsanto rider" from being included in a Senate amendment to the House Continuing Resolution. The provision would negate any meaningful judicial review of the USDA's decisions to allow planting of genetically engineered crops.
Due to a lapse in appropriations for the National Organic Program (NOP) as of October 1, we have initiated the process of orderly shutdown of nonessential operations.
The National Organic Program (NOP) wants to alert the organic trade and public to the presence of a fraudulent organic certificate.
The United States and Japan today announced that beginning January 1, 2014, organic products certified in Japan or in the United States may be sold as organic in either country.
The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the Wallace Center at Winrock International released the results of their 2013 National Food Hub Survey.
Organically Grown in Oregon week highlights an important and expanding ag sector. Governor Kitzhaber has proclaimed September 15-21 to be Organically Grown in Oregon Week, an indicator that organic agriculture is something to celebrate.