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21 07, 2017

Organic Week – D.C. (Organic Policy Conference Recap – Spring 2017)

By |2017-07-21T13:18:57-05:00July 21st, 2017|News You Can Use|0 Comments

Agrisystems International had the opportunity to attend this year’s Organic Policy Conference as part of ORGANIC WEEK in Washington D.C. in May. The purpose of the conference was to bring OTA members together with our Nation’s Representatives — to network, to discuss the state of the Organic Industry, and to ensure that Organic Priorities are [...]

23 01, 2017

AgriSystems International – Winter Newsletter 2017

By |2020-06-05T10:50:48-05:00January 23rd, 2017|News You Can Use|0 Comments

REGULATORY UPDATE National Organic Standards Board Meeting Highlights Fall 2016 NEXT MEETING: April 19-21, 2017 in Denver Colorado Spring 2017 NOSB Meeting Information The Fall 2016 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting was held in St. Louis, MO November 16th-18th. This is the first time Missouri was selected to host one of the bi-annual public [...]

27 06, 2016

Guest Blog – BIG GMO LABELING NEWS!

By |2020-06-04T00:41:54-05:00June 27th, 2016|News You Can Use|0 Comments

June 27, 2016  Senate Introduces Bill to Overturn Vermont’s Mandatory GMO Labeling Law in Favor of Watered-Down National Standard  By Steven Hoffman   GMO labeling proponents were planning on celebrating on July 1 – the date when Vermont’s GMO labeling legislation became the first mandatory GMO labeling law of the land. The small state’s bold [...]

23 06, 2016

Guest Blog – Consumer Demand Driving Record Growth of Organic

By |2016-06-23T11:50:10-05:00June 23rd, 2016|News You Can Use|0 Comments

U.S. Sales of Organic Products Grew 11% to $43.3 Billion in 2015 By Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural Driven by a groundswell of steadily rising consumer demand for healthy, environmentally friendly food produced without the use of toxic, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, antibiotics and growth hormones, irradiation, genetic engineering, and often inhumane treatment of animals, sales [...]

23 06, 2016

Guest blog- Worldwide Organic Acreage Hits All-time High

By |2016-06-23T11:44:52-05:00June 23rd, 2016|News You Can Use|0 Comments

June 20, 2016  Guest Blog - Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural Today, more farmers are cultivating organically on more land in more countries than ever before, according to FiBL’s 2016 report, The World of Organic Agriculture, released in February 2016 in partnership with IFOAM Organics International. At the end of 2014, when data was last collected, [...]

22 06, 2016

Regulatory Review – 2016 Spring NOSB Meeting summary

By |2020-06-05T11:12:30-05:00June 22nd, 2016|News You Can Use|0 Comments

Several new board members got down to business, Carrageenan was a Hot Topic, and an Expert Panel discussed Hydroponics. By Alesia Bock, AgriSystems International Since there were relatively few Sunset 2018 materials up for initial review, time was devoted to important discussions on the future of carrageenan on the National List, and whether Hydroponic/Bioponic methods [...]

26 01, 2016

FDA Produce Safety – Final Rule Issued

By |2020-06-04T00:41:54-05:00January 26th, 2016|News You Can Use|0 Comments

Regulatory Follow up: FDA FSMA Produce Safety - FINAL RULE U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released final rules implementing Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including the PRODUCE SAFETY RULE. By Alesia Bock, AgriSystems International After extensive public comment was received by FDA as part of their Proposed Produce Safety Rule earlier this year, the [...]

26 01, 2016

National Organic Standards Board – Fall 2015 Meeting Recap

By |2020-06-04T00:41:54-05:00January 26th, 2016|News You Can Use|0 Comments

Regulatory Review – NOSB Fall 2015 Meeting Summary Marathon Meeting: Fall 2015 NOSB Meeting sets new record, Nearly 200 Materials Reviewed for 2017 Sunset By Alesia Bock, AgriSystems International The Fall 2015 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting received a large amount of public comment, and successfully completed discussion and voting on nearly 200 materials [...]

26 01, 2016

Thomas Harding recipient of “Growing the Organic Industry” OTA Leadership Award

By |2020-06-04T11:19:54-05:00January 26th, 2016|News You Can Use|0 Comments

People in the News -- OTA Annual Leadership Awards Thomas Harding, Jr., President - Lehigh Valley Organic Growers, wins “2015: Growing the Organic Industry Award” at OTA Annual Leadership Dinner, NPEE 2015 By Alesia Bock, AgriSystems International I was so very thrilled to be in attendance as my mentor, Thomas Harding, Jr., won this year’s [...]

26 01, 2016

Trade Pacts Boost US Organic Exports

By |2016-01-26T15:12:58-06:00January 26th, 2016|News You Can Use|0 Comments

January 26, 2016 Organic Trade Pacts Boost US Organic Exports An Organic Trade Association (OTA) report published last year finds an almost 60% upswing in US organic exports to Canada, the European Union and major Asian trade partners as a result of international trade pacts. U.S. organic exporters have greatly benefited from international accords that [...]