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AB 856 Comments Requested by March 7

(March 3, 2011) OMRI (The Organic Materials Review Institute) invites product manufacturers and other industry members to submit comments regarding the proposed regulations for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) organic input registration program. All comments must be received by CDFA as soon as possible.

AB 856 Update

(September 1, 2011) On August 24th, the National Organic Program (NOP) posted a letter dated July 12, 2011, on its website .

An Update on Pesticide Residues in Compost- Part 2

(April 06, 2010)  OMRI has previously announced that three composts have been prohibited by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for use in organic production in California: Nortech Gold made by Nortech Waste LLC, Grover Wonder Grow Compost made by Grover Landscape Services, and Clean City Compost made by Feather River Organics.

Announcing OMRI / IOIA Webinars for Canada

(March 13, 2014) OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) are pleased to announce a new series of joint webinars focused on the use of materials under the Canada Organic Regime (COR) standards.

CFIA Clarifies Policies for Input Approval

(June 11, 2014) The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently released a memo that clarifies the policies for input verification under the Canada Organic Regime (COR) standards. The memo effectively states that Certification Bodies (CBs) are allowed to accept the determination of an outside input evaluation program.

Composts Disallowed in California and An Update on Pesticide Residues

(February 5, 2010)California growers should know that the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) prohibited three composts for use in organic production: Nortech Gold made by Nortech Waste LLC, Grover Wonder Grow Compost made by Grover Landscape Services, and Clean City Compost made by Feather River Organics.

ExpoWest Event to Celebrate OMRI ED/CEO Peggy Miars

(March 7, 2011) OMRI Executive Director/CEO Peggy Miars and three other women who also lead organic food and farming organizations will be formally congratulated during an event at the upcoming Natural Products ExpoWest in Anaheim.  The celebration will take place during the 14th annual Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) luncheon, on March 10 from 11:30 to 1:30.  Miars will ce

Infographic Celebrates 20 Years of OMRI

(September 20, 2016) OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) is honoring its many founders and supporters over two decades of materials review with a snapshot of the organization's many accomplishments, along with commemorative publications and events throughout the coming year.

Launching Mobile SIte

(December 8, 2014) OMRI (The Organic Materials Review Institute) is pleased to announce the launch of a new, mobile responsive website at OMRI.org. Now all of the OMRI website features are available to visitors on tablets and smartphones.

New Management Structure for the OMRI Review Program

(June 1, 2011) In step with the continued growth of the organization, OMRI has improved the management structure of its Review Program.  Effective on June 1st, the previous position of Review Program Manager has been divided among three separate positions.  Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador will continue to provide quality, professional oversight to the Review Program in the new position of

New OMRI Video

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Welcome to OMRI’s video introduction. Whether you are brand new to OMRI, or simply want to know more about the process, this video is for you. In less than five minutes, OMRI takes you from the OMRI office to a local garden store, and finally to Camas Swale Farm to explain how OMRI helps farmers find products for organic use.

NOP Allowance of Green Waste

(April 23, 2010) OMRI has previously announced that three composts had been prohibited by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the National Organic Program (NOP) for use on any organic farm certified to the NOP standards: Nortech Gold made by Nortech Waste LLC, Grover Wonder Grow Compost made by Grover Landscape Services, and Clean City Compost made by Feather River Orga

NOP Aquatic Plant Extracts Policy

(April 2, 2014) On March 12, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) released Policy Memo 14-1 regarding the use of phosphoric acid in aquatic plant extracts. Specifically, the NOP will no longer allow phosphoric acid as a pH adjuster in alkali-extracted aquatic plants.

NOP Clarifies Biobased Mulches

(February 4, 2015) The National Organic Program (NOP) recently added an allowance for the use of biodegradable, biobased mulch films to the USDA regulations for organic crop production.

NOP Notice Regarding Sodium Nitrate

(September 21, 2012) On October 21, 2012, there will be a change to the status of sodium nitrate used in organic production.  On September 12, 2012, the National Organic Program (NOP) issued a notice to the organic industry regarding the use of sodium nitrate (also known as Chilean nitrate) in organic crop production.  You may view the notice here:

NOSB Sunset Review Implications

(September 10, 2015) At the upcoming fall meeting October 26-29, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will be discussing and voting on over 200 generic substances included on the National List. Several substances may not be renewed as part of the NOSB review process, and a number of OMRI Listed® products could be affected by this review.

OMRI Achieves 3,000 Listed Products

(February 26, 2014) OMRI is pleased to announce that nearly 1,000 companies have chosen to add over 3,000 compliant products to the OMRI Products List©, making it the largest and most frequently used input resource for organic certifiers, growers, livestock producers, processors and handlers.The milestone comes at a time when OMRI has just expanded its services to include input review

OMRI Adds Anaerobic Digestion Categories

(September 5, 2013) OMRI recently added two new categories for fertilizing products made using anaerobic digestion. Products that use only plant material feedstocks will now be listed as Allowed under a new category on the OMRI Products List©.

OMRI and IOIA Debut Crop Inputs Webinar

(June 10, 2011) OMRI and IOIA (the International Organic Inspectors Association) will begin offering joint webinars with a focus on inputs used in organic production. The first webinar in the series, scheduled for August 1, will focus on crop inputs.

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