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USDA Accepting Applications of Hemp for Plant Variety Protection

Washington, D.C.--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) will start accepting applications for seed-propagated hemp for plant...

USDA Path for Hemp Seeds Imports “Just in Time” for Spring Plantings

Washington, D.C.--Responding to requests from U.S. producers and hemp seed exporters, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which regulates importation of all seeds for...

Court Advances OTA’s Lawsuit Against USDA

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Organic Trade Association (OTA) has presented solid arguments that the U.S....

Gottlieb to Talk to Congress Regarding Approaches to CBD

Washington, D.C.—Hemp and CBD are making the news again, this time thanks to potential legal and regulatory movement. Scott Gottlieb, M.D., commissioner of FDA, gave...

Impact of Government Shutdown on Small Business, Health

Washington, D.C.—As the government shutdown that began on December 22 stretches into a second week, CNBC reports that there are no clear signs of...

USDA Issues Final Rule on National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

Washington, D.C.—The USDA issued its Final Rule on the “National Bioengineered (BE) Food Disclosure Standard” (NBFDS), drawing comment from the Council for Responsible Nutrition...

OTA Moving Ahead with Check-Off Program to Support Organic Farmers

Washington, D.C. — The Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced plans to push for a voluntary, organic check-off program, which it says will help promote,...

PCC Commits to Broiler Chicken Welfare; Launches Meal Kits

Seattle, WA - PCC Community Markets continues to take the lead when it comes to treating animals humanely, and offering consumers fresh, organic food. WholeFoods...

USDA’s Proposal for GMO Labeling Draws Industry Ire

Washington, D.C. - The public comment period is open for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) recently unveiled proposal for food labeling of products...

Animal Groups Join OTA Suit Against USDA

Washington, D.C. - Two major animal rights groups have joined the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) court battle against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) failure...

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