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Ready for SOE? | EU Promotes Organic | Organic Veg Exports Fall

Are you ready for SOE?

The new year brings the deadline for the Strengthening Organic Enforcement regulations—get our take on how it’s going. Organic vegetable exports are down, but there are bright spots in the USDA’s “Vegetable and Pulses Outlook: December 2023.” Concerned about how much time organic paperwork requirements take? Chime in by January 22 on ways to reduce the paperwork burden. Plus, news from Europe, award recipients, and a shift in upper management at OTA.

Organic for All | Anti-fraud tool | Remembering Friends

Bill Wolf remembers our friend and colleague Roger Blobaum this month. There’s also plenty of news from around the world, including new organic pet food rules in the European Union and a campaign in the United Kingdom to make organic products available and affordable for everyone.

Earthworm super powers | NOP news | Let’s expand markets for minor ingredients

The October newsletter from Wolf & Associates includes research recaps—with one study highlighting the super powers of earthworms. We also take a look at one way to boost markets for organic agricultural products by requiring more items on the national list to be subject to the commercial availability clause. National Organic Program updates, community news, happenings from Washington and India round out the issue.

SOE ASAP | Inerts Get Active | USDA’s 21 Years of Organic

Enforcement of the NOP’s Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) will be upon us in March 2024—now is the time to dive in. Learn about priority areas for compliance that we’re focusing on. This month, soil health is in the news, along with an EU proposal to stop greenwashing. Find out about how organic markets and consumers’ environmental priorities are shifting.

New Funding | Advocacy Works | Farm Bill Fun

About every five years, Congress renews the Farm Bill. This omnibus, multi-year law covers a many agriculture and food programs, including commodity support, nutrition assistance, conservation programs, and agricultural research. The organic sector has benefited from this bill, and our Associate Mark Lipson provides an overview of what’s happening with this key legislation.

Money for farms | Meet a New NOSB member | Canada makes waves

Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.

In this edition, we meet a new NOSB member – Dr. Franklin Quarcoo – whose research and extension activities focus on pest management in organic vegetable production systems.

We also discuss a plethora of other topics such as the Farm Bill, the Plant Biostimulant Act, Comment opportunities, funding opportunities for organic and sustainable producers in Canada, and other news item – both domestic and international.

Read on!

Fight Fraud | Better Insurance | Climate-Resilience Standards

The new regulations for Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) will require additional efforts from businesses to track their supply chains and help mitigate the potential for fraud. In anticipation of these requirements, the Organic Trade Association established its Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions Program, and names Wolf & Associates as a Trusted Advisor to the program. Our Associate Tracy Favre shared some insight on how companies can get started with what might seem a daunting task.

Read on for this and more news.