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USDA announces organic equivalency agreement with Switzerland

On July 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the United States and Switzerland formed a partnership that will recognize the two countries' organic programs as equivalent for organic products and streamline access to each other's markets. The organic equivalency arrangement between the two nations will streamline organic trade, strengthen organic agriculture, benefit the growing organic community, and support jobs and businesses on a global scale.

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Workshop Aims to Increase Organic Food Processing

Middleton, WI (July 8, 2015) — Workshops on the how's and why's of organic food processing will be presented at three locations around Minnesota this September. In collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Organic Processing Institute will bring food processors together to discuss what it takes to manufacture organic food products, so they can take advantage of market opportunities available with certified organic products.

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Workshops on Organic Processing

OPI is working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to bring processors together to discuss what's involved in going organic. Workshops are offered the week of Sept. 21, 2015 in three locations: St Cloud, Twin Cities, and Rochester. Online registration is now open!

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Quigistics: A Traceability Solution for Small Food Businesses

Creating a traceability system can pose challenges for food processors of any size. Paperwork and recordkeeping take time away from production and marketing. Yet they are essential. Quigistics, a start-up company based in Middleton, Wis., has developed software designed for small food business inventory and traceability systems, and shared with OPI some of the details food businesses will want: what the software does, how one gets started with it, the availability of a trial version, and pricing. We also share the experience of one user, RP's Pasta Company of Madison, Wisconsin.

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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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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.