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Posted on Wednesday July 26, 2017

This past week, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up and passed out of committee the Fiscal Year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Funding for the Organic Transition Program (ORG) was set at $5 million, which would restore the program to full funding. The Committee also included the first increase in National Organic Program (NOP) funding since FY2013, […]

Posted on Wednesday July 26, 2017

In the coming week, the House Agriculture Committee will hold three listening sessions on the next Farm Bill. The dates and locations are July 31 in San Angelo, Texas; August 3 in Morgan, MN; and August 5 in Modesto, California. At the July 31 listening session in San Angelo, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue […]

Posted on Wednesday July 26, 2017

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet via web conference on August 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern to discuss hydroponics in organic food production. Register for the online conference. A transcript will be available approximately two weeks after the event. This will be a discussion only; NOSB will not be voting on […]

Posted on Wednesday July 26, 2017

Negotiators for Canada, Mexico, and the United States will meet in Washington, D.C., next month to have the first round of talks concerning modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the meetings will take place August 16 – 20. The Organic Trade Association has submitted comments to the […]

Posted on Wednesday July 26, 2017

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has extended the deadline to August 25 for stakeholders to provide feedback on 30 questions posted by the agency concerning developing labeling for genetic engineering on products. The Organic Trade Association already submitted its final comments in time for the original July 17 deadline. The GMO labeling bill passed last summer […]

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