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Policy in the News

Organic Dairy Farmers go to Washington, DC

By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

New Organic Animal Welfare Rules are Now Final*

Compiled and written by Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) Proposed Hearing

By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

The 2023 Farm Bill--What you can do

By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

The Long Awaited Origin of Livestock Rule is Published

By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

Origin of Livestock

By Kathie Arnold, Chair of the NODPA Policy Committee and past NODPA president, and Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

Update on Origin of Livestock

By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

Origin of Livestock Final Rule-Next Steps

Letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue

The Crisis in the Organic Dairy Movement

Farmers and Consumers, Working Together, Can Reestablish Economic Justice

Democracy Worked

USDA Terminates the Organic Checkoff Proposal, Citing “Lack of Support”

Forecast for Organic Dairy in 2018 & Beyond

Organic Dairy Producers’ Thoughts on the Current State of Organic Dairy

Organic Dairy Policy

What Producers Can Do Now

The Fall NOSB Meeting

Francis Thicke’s Closing Remarks

A Summary of the NOSB Fall 2017 Meeting

by Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

Organics under Attack

By Ed Maltby, NODPA Executive Director

Letter to the Secretary of Agriculture

No Organic Checkoff Coalition

The National Organic Standards Board

Fall Meeting October 31, 2017

Stop the Organic Checkoff Program (a Tax)!

Submit Comments on the Proposed Rule before April 19th.

Statement of the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing, Inc.

To the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Nov. 16, 2016, St. Louis, MO

Highlights of the NOSB Meeting

St. Louis, MO - November 16 to 18, 2016

Organic Checkoff Update

Letter from the No Organic

Updated Comments on the Proposed Rule

Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices


What’s The Big Deal?


Proposed Rule Change on Requirements for Field Testing Regulated Genetically Engineered Wheat

Origin of Livestock

USDA NOP Publishes Proposed Rule for Comment

Organic Trade Association

Organic Check-off proposal, and some answers to NODPA Questions

Organic Checkoff Tax

USDA Wants More Proposals

Organic Farmers

Weigh in on National Organic Survey

Revoke Changes To Sunset Provision

Letter to the Congressional Organic Caucus from consumer cooperatives

Who is responsible for the audit trail for transporting milk and hay?

USDA Releases Guidance on handling unpackaged organic products.

The Organic Check-Off

OTA pushes its initiative through Webinars and mass mailings

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)

Portland, Oregon, April 9 -11, 2013

Organic Check-off at the MOSES Conference

Farmers unequivocally say “NO” to OTA’s idea of a standard program, open to further discussion

Get to Know Jean Richardson

New NOSB Member from Vermont


Fair Share of the Retail Dollar for Organic Dairy Producers

Pasture Rule: Everything you asked for, and then some

Insights about the Pasture Rule from sessions at the recent NODPA Field Days

Meeting the Pasture Rule Requirements

Record-keeping resources for the grazing season

NOSB Spring Meeting

A Storm In A Tea Cup

The USDA Dairy Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC) holds its first meeting

Political convenience or the possibility of real change?

USDA Recommended Decision

Large Producer-Handlers Should Become Subject to Federal Order Pricing and Pooling Provisions

Climate Policy for Agriculture that Works

Ensuring that America’s Organic Farmers are Part of the Solution

DC Update, April 1, 2009

Access to pasture update, status of new appointees, and the generally positive outlook for organic in Washington.

The Pasture Rule Is Out

The new proposed rule is attached, below. Check it out and give us your feedback.

Proposed Pasture Rule

Thoughtful Steps to the Final Pasture Rule

DC Update, June 1, 2008

Farm Bill update

Organic Dairy National Organic Program Update

A summary of what transpired at the recent NOSB meeting in Baltimore.

Comments to the NOP

A letter from NODPA to the NOP addresses publication of the access to pasture rule and the publication of an origin of livestock rule

DC Update, May 9, 2008

Is the Farm Bill Battle Over?