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USDA again delays organic livestock rule

November 9, 2017

The Trump Administration again decided to delay the effective date of the final rule on organic livestock and poultry practices that was published in the final hours of the Obama Administration. The first delay came in February 2017, followed by another delay in May. The latest slowdown has the agency waiting to evaluate the rule until May 14, 2018.

USDA announces further delay of animal welfare rule

November 9, 2017

On November 9, 2017, USDA pre-published an announcement in the Federal Register that the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule would be further delayed until May 14, 2018.

We need to support OTA's lawsuit against USDA in support of the organic welfare rule

October 16, 2017

Maintaining the integrity of the USDA Organic seal requires constant vigilance—and that includes enacting widely agreed upon stricter animal welfare standards, says the cofounder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm.

OTA responds to National Review article on Organic Food and Consumer Protection Act

October 11, 2017

Organic is not a scam. Organic is the most heavily regulated and closely monitored food system in the United
States. It is also the most transparent. Organic standards are developed through a transparent process involving
the government, a citizen advisory group, industry representatives and the public. Julie Kelly (Congress should

Federal legislation proposed to crack down on fake organics

October 9, 2017

A bill introduced in Congress would toughen inspections of imported organic produce to ensure the food items are genuine. Reps.

Organic field crop production gains momentum

September 29, 2017

It comes as no surprise that the organic sector continues to grow at a faster pace than other agricultural production systems. And while vegetables, fruits and livestock account for the lion’s share of organic production, organic field crops have gained in acreage and value, according to a new USDA report.

The USDA Is Being Sued for Delaying New Organic Standards

September 29, 2017

When you think of "free-range" chicken, what exactly comes to mind? That question, amazingly enough, is now central to a lawsuit filed against the United States government.

Head of USDA’s National Organic Program steps down

September 12, 2017

Miles McEvoy, deputy administrator for the National Organic Program at the USDA, said he was stepping down Sept. 30 after eight years in the position, and moving back to his home state of Washington while he considers new opportunities.

New Study Shows Organic Farming Traps Carbon in Soil to Combat Climate Change

September 11, 2017

Organic farms were found to have 26 percent more long-term carbon storage potential than conventional farms.

As organic gains prominence, shoppers increasingly seek lower cost and higher value

August 21, 2017

Rising sales and household penetration of organic is a double-edged sword for the industry in the US as more Americans have started looking for lower prices, bulk packaging and easier access through direct to consumer channels, according to purchasing data collected by Ekowarehouse.

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