As part of this initiative, NCGA
has contracted with the International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS), a nonprofit organization that bestows accreditation on organic certification bodies worldwide, to determine appropriate methods retailers can undertake to limit the incidence of fraudulently traded organic products and to increase the chances of early detection when it takes place within the retail supply chain.
after processing it through the dehydration plant in El Salvador, a move the NCGA
said exploits a loophole in the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) designed to promote economic development in Caribbean countries.
During fall 1996, the NCGA
contacted the DOE's Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT).
30 to respond, and NCGA
and several state corn associations provided information to growers, encouraged them to respond and helped them find legal resources.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, parties who were interested in governmental financial reporting debated whether the NCGA
or another body such as the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) should establish GAAP for state and local governments.
says it is hosting the contest "in celebration of all the qualities and quirks that make co-ops integral parts of communities."
and IOAS say they will develop a retail-based fraud-prevention program based on the pilot's findings, which will be offered to NCGA
's members and all organic retailers worldwide as early as mid-2008.
"These organic farmers -- who are our friends as well as our business partners -- need more help," said NCGA
The groups contend that current conference discussions on the jobs bill may provide the most feasible avenue for the VEETC, which NCGA
noted would "ensure taxes on ethanol-blended motor fuels will be credited to the Highway Trust Fund, extend the ethanol tax incentive through 2010 and maintain the small ethanol producer tax credit."
To bridge that gap, NCGA
and the United Soybean Board (USB)--combined with their state partners--created CommonGround, a group of women farmer-volunteers who have conversations with female consumers and answer questions about the food farmers grow and how they produce it.
President Darrin Ihnen issued a statement that said, in part that EPA's renewable fuel standard regulations "are significant because they provide further evidence of corn ethanol's superiority over conventional gasoline when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions."