Organic

National Organic Program launches courses in the Organic Integrity Learning Center

The National Organic Program has launched three new courses in the Organic Integrity Learning Center. Record=keeping Record-keeping by certified operations and certifiers is a key requirement of organic certification. This course introduces certifiers and inspectors... more »

Industry groups comment on proposed USDA organic enforcement rules

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA), Western Growers Association and United Fresh Produce Association jointly submitted comments Oct. 5 on USDA’s proposed Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Rule. According to a news release, the intent of the... more »

National Organic Standards Board new members set for 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Sept. 28 the appointment of five new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). “It’s always hard to say goodbye to outgoing members who have given so... more »

New Jersey organic outlets may qualify for reimbursement of certification costs

New Jersey organic producers and handlers may be eligible for reimbursement of a portion of their organic certification costs under a federal program. Please note that there have been changes to the Cost Share Reimbursement... more »

As organic sales soar, growers embrace essential oils to suppress pests, diseases

Organic food sales topped $50 billion in the United States in 2018. Statistics from the Organic Trade Association tell part of the story of this growing market: Fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops combined to... more »

Organic farmers impacted by wildfires offered organic foundation grants

The CCOF Foundation is poised to help organic farmers recover from the unprecedented wildfires burning across the West Coast and in CCOF’s own hometown of Santa Cruz, California. The CCOF Foundation’s Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund... more »

Organic farming lessons offered online by University of California

Farmers who want to learn organic production practices for California specialty crops can now get training at their convenience on their own computers. The organic farming training is designed by the University of California Sustainable... more »

Organic Produce Network event speaker Padilla shares organic outlook

As one of the nation’s largest retailers, Costco has publicly advocated for increased production of organic fresh produce items. It is the chain’s member shoppers, however, who are driving organic sales growth as they vote... more »

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