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Nomination period open for WI Organic Advisory Council

The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council has four openings for individuals interested in shaping the future of organic farming and food in Wisconsin. Nominations will be accepted until May 1, 2017.

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Organic Foods Found in Over 80 percent of U.S. Households

State data shows organic in the kitchens of over 80 percent of U.S. households. OTA releases state-by-state data showing more households – urban and rural -- choosing organic.

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MOSA News

USDA Publishes National Organic Standards Board Meeting Proposals and Discussion Documents

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted meeting materials and an updated agenda for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Denver, CO, April 19-21, 2017. Documents are posted on the Spring 2017 NOSB meeting webpage.

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USDA extends comment period for organic check-off proposal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service has extended the comment period for the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order proposed rule from March 20 until April 19.

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MOSA News

2019 SUNSET SURVEYS

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is in the process of reviewing several of the fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. Your feedback is needed.

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MOSA News

USDA Comment Periods Extended

​The USDA AMS is extending the comment period for the Sunset 2017 Amendments to the National List proposed rule by 30 days to April 19, 2017 and the comment period for the draft guidance on Calculating the Percentage of Organic Ingredients in Multi-Ingredient Products by 60 days to April 7, 2017.

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Industry News

New Organic Meat Processing Plant to Open

Eric and Lisa Klein of Hidden Stream Farm plan to open a new USDA-inspected, certified organic meat processing plant in southeastern Minnesota later this year.

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Industry News

USDA Organic Survey

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is collecting data on certified organic crops and livestock in the U.S.

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MOSA News

New NOSB Members Announced

USDA Appoints Five New Members to the NOSB

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Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order Proposed Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments on a proposal for a new research and promotion program.

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FDA Announces Draft Guidance to Help Sprout Operations

FSMA Update- FDA Announces Draft Guidance to Help Sprout Operations Comply with Produce Safety Rule

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USDA Announces 2017 Sunset Review Proposed Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will publish in the Federal Register tomorrow a proposed rule to implement the 2017 sunset review recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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MOSA News

USDA AMS Announces the posting of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule.

Developed in close consultation with other Federal agencies, the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule sets clear standards for organic animals by adding specificity to the production and handling aspects of organic production, ensuring consistency and consumer transparency.

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MOSA News

NOP Notice of Draft Guidance (NOP 5037)​

The NOP published a notice of draft guidance for "Calculating the Percentage of Organic Ingredients in Multi-Ingredient Products (NOP 5037)"in the Federal Register. Comments are due February 6th.

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MOSA News

MOSA Announces New Renewal Application Deadlines for 2017

MOSA has changed our renewal application deadline for 2017. Current clients will need to submit their renewal materials by April 1, 2017.

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Industry News

Organic Valley Partners with Dean Foods

Organic Valley is partnering with Dean Foods to grow their fresh (HTST) milk business.

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Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride Acquires Gold 'n' Plump

Pilgrim’s Pride announced it would spend $350 million to buy GNP Company, which is heavily focused on processing organic chicken.

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MOSA Commentary

NOP Draft Guidance

Materials Review

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MOSA Commentary

NOP Draft Guidance

Treated Lumber

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Seed Guidance and GMO Incursion

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Excluded Methods Terminiology

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Bioponics

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Commentary- 2016 NOSB Fall Meeting

Personnel Performance Evaluations

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Soy Wax

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Commentary- 2016 NOSB Fall Meeting

Container and Greenhouse Production

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