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New H-2A Visa Checklist Tool is Now Available

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Are you a farmer who needs seasonal or temporary workers for planting, cultivating, or harvesting crops? The H-2A temporary agricultural workers program–often called the H-2A Visa Program–helps American farmers who anticipate a lack of available domestic workers fill employment gaps by hiring workers from other countries.
 
With the new Checklist Tool, participating in the Program is now easier than ever.
 

H-2A Visa Checklist Tool

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New National Organic Data Released

Based on data collected from organic certifiers, the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service just released a summary of organic statistics from 2014 and 2015.

New Partnership Will Grow Farm to School Efforts

National Center for Appropriate Technology and National Farm to School Network Awarded USDA Cooperative Agreement to Help Producers Market to Schools 
 
The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) are pleased to announce their partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of

New Report from CalCAN Highlights Climate Change Challenges and Solutions

On Monday, August 12, CCOF partner organization California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) released a publication that highlights the ongoing challenge of climate change on California farms and calls for farmer-driven solutions. 
 
The publication summarizes research that evaluates current and predicted climate change impacts on California agriculture, including water scarcity and changing precipitation, warming temperatures and extreme heat,

New Study Shows Consumers Are Confused Over Organic Claims on Non-Agricultural Products

A public roundtable on October 20 in Washington, D.C., will consider the findings of a new study on consumer understanding of which products are covered by the organic label.

The roundtable will feature invited panelists including consumer advocates, organic representatives, and academics. It will be free and open to the public.

New Survey to Shed Light on How Farmers are Faring Under Produce Safety Rule

The FDA’s Produce Safety Rule, mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), is now taking effect for California farmers. A new survey, funded by the USDA, promises to give a clearer picture of what this means for the industry.
 
Farmers have voiced concerns over the costs and challenges of complying with the Rule since it was first announced. However, there is still too little hard evidence on the true distribution and severity of these challenges.

Nominations Open for Organic Trade Association Leadership Awards

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is accepting nominations for its annual Organic Leadership Awards.

NOP Amends National List with 16 New Substances and 17 Updated Substance Use Restrictions

In late December, 2018, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued a final rule to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The rule changes the use restrictions for 17 substances allowed for organic production and/or handling, adds 16 new allowed substances, and prohibits rotenone in organic crop production and ivermectin as an allowed parasiticide.

NOP Deputy Adminstrator Miles McEvoy Announces Retirement

Last week, the National Organic Program’s (NOP) Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy announced his retirement in a letter to the organic community
 
In his letter, McEvoy gives deep appreciation to each level of the organic food chain. He highlights his top ten list of accomplishments at NOP which includes:
  1. Developing a quality management system for NOP that improves program consistency and effectiveness.

NOP Extends Deadline to Comment on National List Proposed Rule

 
The National Organic Program (NOP) extended the commenting deadline for their proposed rule of 35 amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). NOP will now be accepting comments until May 14, 2018
 

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