Federal crop insurance protects 76 specialty crops

Whether you grow almonds or apples, peppers or prunes, crop insurance options are available to you. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) administers Federal crop insurance that protects 76 specialty crops, and we’re continuing to improve and... more »

Peterson Farms of Michigan acquires Florida’s Lakewood Organics

Shelby, Michigan, produce processor Peterson Farms says it will retain decision-making authority following investment by an Abu Dahbi-based fund, and Peterson’s acquisition of a Miami juice company, Lakewood Organics. Mubadala Capital referenced Peterson Farms in... more »

Organic food, including speciality crops, moving into mainstream

Organic food once was viewed as a niche category for health nuts and hippies, but today it’s a routine choice for millions of Americans. For years following passage of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990,... more »

Organic group meets with congressional staffers at Agricultural Research Service

Organic Farming Research Foundation hosted Rep. Jimmy Panetta’s, D-CA, congressional staffers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Salinas, California, last week. The site visit focused on the importance of increased investment in organic research... more »

USDA accepting applications to help cover costs for organic certification

Organic producers and handlers can now apply for USDA funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification. Applications for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) are due Nov. 1, 2021. “USDA is here to... more »

Rodale Institute announces Organic Pioneer Award recipients

Rodale Institute, a regenerative organic agriculture organization, has announced the recipients of the 11th Annual Organic Pioneer Awards, an annual recognition of leaders who are changing the landscape of regenerative organic agriculture for the better. Beyond... more »

Sales of organic products spike during the pandemic

Home cooking during the pandemic has lifted overall sales of organic products in California and across the U.S. As people worked from home and ventured out less frequently, the market for organic products jumped by... more »

Organic growers to speak on challenges of scaling at OGS 2021

The first in a series of educational sessions at Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and OPN, “Organic Grower Perspectives on the Challenges of Scaling” will focus on the issues growers face in expanding... more »

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