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USDA extends Organic Check-off public comment period to April 19, 2017

February 24, 2017

Organic Trade Assocation Statement: OTA Urges USDA to Move Forward with Organic Research and Promotion Check-off Program Proposal 

Welfare rule for organic livestock gets 60-day delay by USDA

February 9, 2017

Years in development, the animal welfare rule for organic farming, issued in the final days of the Obama administration, will take effect at least 60 days later — May 19 — than planned due to the Trump administration freeze on new regulations, said USDA.

USDA announces stricter animal welfare rules for eggs, meat

January 18, 2017

Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department.


It’s Time We Get Serious About Organic Farming

January 17, 2017

Conventional farming and food production practices in this country are creating serious environmental and public health problems. Every day, an industrial farming system spinning out of control confronts all Americans with serious challenges.

Ground-Breaking Animal Welfare Organic Rules Moving Forward

January 13, 2017

As we’ve reported in the past, buying certified organic meat doesn’t guarantee the animals were treated humanely. And while there’s no cure-all for an industry that often prioritizes economy over animal welfare, things may be looking up for all animals raised on organic farms in the U.S.

AMS Announces Accreditation Program for Transitional Agricultural Products

January 11, 2017

USDA Provides New Cost Share Opportunities for Organic Producers and Handlers

December 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices around the country to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.

Letter to the editor by Laura Batcha

November 11, 2016
In reference to the opinion piece by The Packer’s National Editor Tom Karst on Nov. 4, “Organic needs unifying message, but is it possible?” the Organic Trade Association is pleased to see that Mr. Karst recognizes the important potential and value of an organic check-off research and promotion program.

Organic Industry Counters Recent Allegations, Details Hopes for USDA Meeting

November 4, 2016

Cornucopia Institute “clearly has an opinion” about how to interpret the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 and current federal regulations governing organic food production, Nate Lewis, farm policy director for OTAtells Food Chemical News, “and it’s certainly within anyone’s right to report a complaint or investigate if they believe the regulations have been violated, but the merits o

Millennials are Driving Organic Food to New Heights

November 3, 2016

The survey of 1,800 households across the nation found that more than half of parents who are buying organic food regularly are between the ages of 18 and 34, as compared to a little more than a third of Gen-Xers and 14 percent of Baby Boomers.