Have Hemp Acres? New Hemp Acreage & Production Survey this Fall

The USDA announced that starting this October they will be mailing a survey to collect information about total planted and harvested hemp in the United States. The survey will ask for information on various forms of hemp, including hemp grown for flower, transplants, grain for human consumption, fiber, and seed. The survey is being conducted […]

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National List Comment Period Open!

Today the USDA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List for crops, livestock and handling based on recommendations from the NOSB after completing the 2022 Sunset Review. The proposed changes address recommendations submitted to the Secretary after past public meetings. This proposed rule would remove: Two substances currently allowed […]

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Organic Assistance Through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA)

Producers of agricultural commodities have many resources and programs at their disposal, one of them being the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Since the 1930s, FSA has provided invaluable support to America’s agriculture producers. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) supports farms and farming communities with programs including disaster relief, conservation programs, commodity price guarantee programs, and […]

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Apply Today! 2021 Organic Cost Share Program

As summer winds down and we start to look toward fall, there is one important deadline to remember: The application deadline for Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) is November 1, 2021! On August 17, 2021 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that organic producers and handlers can submit their applications for cost share […]

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2020: Looking Back with Gratitude

As we think back on everything that has happened this year, of course the pandemic is at the forefront of our minds. Covid-19 has presented many unforeseen hurdles across the organic industry, and the world. Despite all these challenges, as we look back, we have found many things to be proud of. We see examples […]

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Global Textile Certification by OneCert

Did you know that OneCert also certifies textile products? OneCert has been certifying to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) since 2008 and has since added certification to a group of other textile standards owned by Textile Exchange. Although we still certify textile operations in the US, the accreditation for these programs is now maintained […]

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The USDA’s Game-Changing Proposed Rule: Open for Comments

On August 5, 2020 the USDA released their “Strengthening Organic Enforcement” proposed rule, opening a 60 day public comment period. The changes are meant to improve organic oversight and to protect integrity in the organic supply chain. The proposal includes: Reduced exemptions from certification requiring more operations to be certified Requirements for import certificates for […]

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Monsanto petitions the USDA for deregulation of dicamba tolerant corn varieties

Organic stakeholders are encouraged to comment on the petition, which can be found here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/biotechnology/brs-news-and-information/2020_brs_news/monstanto_corn_050820 In 2015, Monsanto sought deregulation of dicamba tolerant bean and cotton varieties marketed to farmers as the solution to the increasing glyphosate resistance of weeds like Palmer Amaranth. While the new dicamba tolerant crops were certainly a way for Monsanto […]

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