A Dynamic Look at 2016
We're pleased to publish our 2016 Annual Report via a dynamic online platform. The report highlights the progress we made in 2016 to advance organic seed, and does so on a platform that puts people and planet first. Rather than print a full-color catalog of the year that was, we display our 2016 financial report and highlights of our research, education, and advocacy work as an online publication that readers can flip through or scroll for more details.
Call for proposals: 9th Organic Seed Growers Conference
We invite you to help shape the 9th Organic Seed Growers Conference by providing proposals for content. This is your opportunity to share important research and ask timely questions related to organic seed. The conference is the largest organic seed event in the U.S. and provides a two-day agenda of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. We welcome your proposals for presentations, workshops, posters, panels, and roundtables. Proposals must be submitted by July 24, 2017. Save the date to join us February 14-17, 2018, in Corvallis, Oregon!
Talking Organic Seed Policy on Capitol Hill
The organic food industry continues to boom, with sales exceeding $43 billion in 2016. Unfortunately, domestic production isn't keeping up with consumer demand for organic products. One problem is that increased consumer demand hasn't been met with an increase in public research investments. For example, funding for the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), the USDA's flagship organic research program, has been relatively stagnant since 2010. Over the last few months, OSA has traveled twice to Washington, DC, to meet with elected officials and their staffers about the importance of increased funding in organic research.
Calling for Resistance to Seed Industry Mergers
Last year chemical and seed giants Monsanto and Bayer announced a $66 billion merger. A decision is expected in 2017 and is happening in the context of two other seed industry mega-mergers. News of these mergers is devastating to family farmers who already operate under the pressures of sever market concentration at nearly every stage of the food and fiber production chain, beginning with seed. That's why OSA joined other concerned organizations in cosponsoring a Congressional briefing earlier this moth focused on the last merger still awaiting approval.
Stronger Hand Needed on GE Regulations
The organic community is increasingly challenged by genetically engineered (GE) crops (also known as GMOs) showing up in organic seed and crops. In 2014, OSA conducted a survey of U.S. organic crop growers and found that the majority of these farmers (71%) believe that federal regulations overseeing GE crop approvals aren't adequate for protecting their farm products. New and improved regulations, coupled with stronger oversight and enforcement, are long overdue. That's why we submitted comments this month in response to USDA's proposal to comprehensively update its biotechnology regulations for the first time since they were developed in 1987. Unfortunately, the proposal as written takes U.S. policy backwards.
Business Member Spotlight
OSA invites companies in the organic sector to support our work through our recently launched business membership program. This month we're proud to feature one of these members and a long-time partner: Organically Grown Company (OGC). OGC is the largest organic produce distributor in the Pacific Northwest. Between collaborating on research in the field and co-hosting the biennial Organicology conference, OSA counts OGC among the top businesses committed to advancing organic seed for the good of their growers and as a driver of change in our food and agricultural systems.
Kale Breeding Workshop with Laurie McKenzie
July 12, 2017 | Duncan, British Columbia | Learn more
Organic Seed Production Webinar Series: Diseases and Pests
July 18, 2017 | eOrganic Webinar | Learn more
National Association of Plant Breeders 2017 Annual Meeting
August 7, 2017 | Davis, California | Learn more
Organic Breeding and Seed Intensive
August 10, 2017 | Davis, California | Learn more
Organic Seed Production Webinar Series: Seed Quality, Harvesting & Equipment
August 15, 2017 | eOrganic Webinar | Learn more
Organic Vegetable Seed Production and Varietal Selection Workshop
August 22, 2017 | West Lafayette, Indiana | Learn more
The National Heirloom Expo
September 5-7, 2017 | Santa Rose, California | Learn more
2017 Jefferson County Farm Tour
September 16-17, 2017 | Chimacum, Washington | Learn more
Organic Seed Production Webinar Series: Seed Cleaning and Recordkeeping
September 19, 2017 | eOrganic Webinar | Learn more
Organic Seed Production Workshop and Field Day
September 24, 2017 | Red Bluff, California | Learn more
Community Field Day and Tasting at OSA's Research Farm
September 25, 2017 | Chimacum, Washington | Learn more
Organic Seed Event Hosted by Tilth Alliance
October 2, 2017 | Chimacum, Washington | Learn more
Organic Seed Production Webinar Series: Seed Contracting, Economics & Policy
October 17, 2017 | eOrganic Webinar | Learn more
Seed Quality and Seed Processing Trainings
November 11-12, 2017 | Missoula and Ronan, Montana | Learn more
9th Organic Seed Growers Conference
February 14-17, 2018 | Corvallis, Oregon | Learn more
Support our work to meet farmers' seed needs with a tax-deductible gift
Thanks to our generous conference sponsors!
Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Straus Family Creamery
Is your company or organization interested in sponsoring the 9th Organic Seed Growers Conference? Contact Cathleen McCluskey for more information.