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OTA petitions for official vote on organic check-off program

OTA petitions for official vote on organic check-off program

On May 12, 2015, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) petitioned the USDA to request a vote on the implementation of a new Research and Promotion Check-off Program, aka organic check-off.

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Value Added Producer Grant application period open

Value Added Producer Grant application period open

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on May 8, 2015 that USDA is making $30 million available to farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. Funding will be made available through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.

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Essentials of Going Organic

The environment. Preventive nutrition. Concerns for farmer health. These are just three of the powerful reasons food entrepreneurs may choose to go organic, and that’s not even counting the pragmatic reasons. Organic certification makes good business sense because

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Case study: Four Elements Organic Herbals

Case study: Four Elements Organic Herbals

In this case study, Jane Hawley Stevens shares some of the challenges, changes, and growth of her business, Four Elements Organic Herbals, over the last three years — the duration of her Value Added Producer Grant.

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Farmer Speak video series puts spotlight on farmers' commitment to organic

Clif Bar & Company has launched a short but powerful video series—Farmers Speak—to give voices to the story of organic food and to be a catalyst for a more organic future. As the demand for organic food is increasing, consumers are full of questions about what makes organic food special. Hearing directly from the farmers satisfies both curiosity and the desire for transparency common in today's media culture.

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The Organic Processing Institute is here to help you navigate a path to successful organic processing in the Midwest. We help forge links among organic farmers and processors to ensure sustainable success. Whether you are a current processor or want to become one, we can help you thrive.