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Organic Farmers Association Applauds Organic Checkoff Withdrawal

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

The Organic Farmers Association is happy the U.S. Department of Agriculture took action to terminate the rulemaking process to establish a mandatory national research and promotion program for organic. The proposed program was causing divisions among the organic community. Checkoff programs must have the support of an entire industry to be implemented, which this didn’t have. The proposed Organic Research …

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Consumers Buy More Organic in 2017

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

More of America’s grocery carts were filled with organic products in 2017. The Organic Trade Association’s 2018 Industry Survey shows consumers were buying everything from organic produce and organic ice cream to organic fresh juices and organic dried beans. U.S. organic sales totaled a new record of $49.4 billion in 2017, up 6.4 percent from the previous year. That total …

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OTA Comments on USDA Halting Organic Checkoff Proposal

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

The Department of Agriculture has stopped consideration of a national organic checkoff program. The Agricultural Marketing Service published the proposal this week to terminate the rulemaking for the organic checkoff. USDA says the decision is “based on uncertain industry support” for the program and “substantive issues” with the proposed program. The Organic Trade Association however says the USDA actions reflects …

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GAO Gives USDA Approval to Ditch Organic Livestock Rule

Dan Industry News Release, Livestock, Organic, Poultry

The Government Accountability Office says the Department of Agriculture complied with rulemaking procedures during its withdrawal of The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule. The office reviewed the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s process to withdraw the rule after many groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, filed lawsuits claiming USDA did not follow proper rulemaking procedures. The …

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Organic Groups Suing USDA over Livestock Rule

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

Four organic groups have filed a lawsuit against The U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, regarding the organic livestock welfare rule. Led by the Center for Food Safety, the groups say the decision to withdraw the rule was “outrageous and unlawful,” similar to what USDA called the rule. In the March 13th decision, USDA claimed the regulations …

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Agri View: Imported Organics

Dan Agri View, Organic

Everett Griner talks about how unreliable imported organics really are in today’s Agri View. Imported Organics Organic farming has become a well known phrase in today’s world. From it’s start a little more than a decade ago, it has grown continuously with more producers and more consumers. Now, we are learning that there are products being sold, as organic, that …

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Farm Bureau Praises Withdrawal of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, Organic, Poultry

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “The American Farm Bureau supports USDA’s decision to withdraw the misguided Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule. Livestock health and well-being is a priority for all farmers and ranchers. We rely on trained professionals, including animal scientists, nutritionists and veterinarians, to ensure the health and safety of …

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USDA Decides Not to Impose Additional Regulatory Requirements for Organic Producers and Handlers

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on Jan. 19, 2017. The rule would have increased federal regulation of livestock and poultry for certified organic producers and handlers. The withdrawal becomes effective May 13, 2018. Significant policy and legal issues were identified after the rule published …

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USDA Seeking Dismissal of OTA Lawsuit

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

The Department of Agriculture wants a federal district court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the department’s delay of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule. USDA claims it’s challenger, the Organic Trade Association, “lacks standing because it pleads no facts” in showing the delay has resulted in the suffering of its members because of the USDA action, according to …