Organic

USDA accepting applications to help cover costs for organic certification

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for... more »

Virtual event with Costco’s Frank Padilla and Category Partners’ Steve Lutz

The Organic Produce Network will hold a virtual online event featuring Frank Padilla, Costco’s vice president and general manager, produce and meat, and Steve Lutz, Category Partners’ senior vice president of insights & innovation, discussing... more »

Strengthening organic enforcement rule gets 60-day open comment period

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes amending the USDA organic regulations to strengthen oversight and enforcement of the production, handling, and sale of organic agricultural products. The proposed amendments... more »

Organic fresh produce sales see double-digit growth in second quarter

Total organic fresh produce sales and volume registered double-digit growth in the second quarter of 2020, with April-June 2020 sales increasing 17% and volume up 18% from the same period in 2019, according to the... more »

Organic Grower Summit 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19

The 2020 Organic Grower Summit, bringing together organic growers and producers with their supply chain partners and service providers, has cancelled due to the impact of COVID-19. The event was scheduled for Dec. 9-10, in... more »

OFRF and FFAR announce grants to advance soil health research

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) will award three grants to researchers in California, Pennsylvania and Texas to bolster soil health by developing innovative organic strategies for controlling weeds, pests,... more »

Albertsons’ Jim Donald touts organics as driver for continued retail growth

Blockbuster sales of organic fresh produce and a spike of in-home eating will continue to propel strong retail growth over the next 18 months, according  to Jim Donald, Albertsons’ Companies Co-Chairman, in an exclusive virtual... more »

Organic Trade Association statement on Strengthening Organic Enforcement Proposed Rule

The Organic Trade Association welcomes USDA’s efforts to boost the integrity of the global organic market through its Strengthening Organic Enforcement Proposed Rule, soon to be published in the Federal Register. According to a news... more »

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