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Sign up for a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training!

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is presenting three sessions focused on the  FSMA training requirement for all covered produce growers, and recommended for all produce growers of all sizes. Who Should Attend. Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety,  Read More »

NOP Issues Extension of Allowance of Paper Pots

NOP ISSUES EXTENSION OF ALLOWANCE OF PAPER POTS IN ORGANIC PRODUCTION   On Monday, November 5, MCS and all NOP-accredited certifiers were informed that the NOP has extended the use and allowance period for paper pots, originally scheduled for prohibition at the end of the  Read More »

NOC Urges Action Needed on Farm Bill

The National Organic Coalition (NOC) is urging that now is the time to communicate with your House and Senate Farm Bill Conferees about the issues that will impact organic agriculture in the Farm Bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging House and Senate Ag Committee leaders  Read More »

Sound and Sensible Organic Certification Video Series

A new Sound and Sensible Organic Certification video series, filmed in Washington State and developed by WSDA (Washington State Dept of Agriculture), features certified organic clients and addresses some common questions about USDA Organic regulations and the certification process. They include: Steps to Certification Preventative  Read More »

NCAT Grower Survey

The 2014 Farm Bill required the USDA to create premium organic price elections for all commodities and to offer a new insurance product—Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. We are conducting a national survey of needs and attitudes, in order to make recommendations to the USDA on further  Read More »

Farm Bill Fridays

The House Agriculture Committee on Friday launched a new video series entitled “Farm Bill Friday,” and said it would release a new video from members of the House Conference weekly highlighting the importance of a strong Farm Bill for all Americans. Watch committee member Congressman Don Bacon of Nebraska kick  Read More »

More time proposed for produce water standards

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing extending compliance deadlines on Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) provisions for produce water standards. Finalized in 2015, the water standards aim at keeping deadly pathogens like E. coli 0157:H7 out of water used to grow crops by  Read More »