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2015 Organic Certification Cost Share Programs

By: Organic Assistant Staff, May 29, 2015
The AMS National Organic Program (NOP) has allocated approximately $11.9 million to participating state departments of agriculture to help defray the costs of organic certification incurred by organic producers and processors.  Reimbursements to organic operations will be made… MORE

Understanding the OTA Good Growth Plan

By: Organic Assistant Staff, May 27, 2015
The Organic Trade Association (OTA), has officially petitioned the USDA for a check-off program that could raise $30 million a year for research and promotion. The OTA represents over 8000 organic businesses. OTA has been working on the plan for over 3 years and have formally presented their program… MORE

USDA and Federal Standards on Hydroponics

By: Organic Assistant Staff, May 27, 2015
In April of 2015 the National Organic Standards Board recommendation to the Department of Agriculture was that hydroponics should be banned from receiving the organic certification. The NOSB recommendation comes from the fact that nutrients need to be added to the water. Their claim is the required… MORE
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