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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 …

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USDA to Survey Farmers’ Planting Intentions for 2018

Dan Field Crops, Nursery Crops, Organic, Specialty Crops, USDA-NASS

As the 2018 crop production season begins, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season. “Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, which provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ planting intentions for the year,” said NASS’ Southern Regional …

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Register Now for Georgia Organics Conference

Dan Organic

Farmers and anyone interested in the organics industry are invited to attend the 21st Annual Georgia Organics Conference & Expo, February 16-17 in Augusta, Georgia. Director of Farmer Services at Georgia Organics, Michael Wall, says a big trade show will be a part of this event. Register Now for Georgia Organics Conference

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Organic Trade Association Suing USDA Over Livestock Standards

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, Organic

The Organic Trade Association is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the USDA decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock Standards proposed and endorsed by most in the organic industry. Nate Lewis, farm policy director for the Organic Trade Association, says the USDA broke the rules when withdrawing the standards without public comment. Lawsuit Lewis says the decision to withdraw …

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Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with Green Juice

Dan Fruits, Organic, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Everyone makes a New Year’s Resolution. Cathy Isom helps keep those of us that made one about staying healthy, and on a diet by telling us about a day devoted to getting your greens. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with Green Juice January 26th is National Green Juice Day. A food holiday …