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Organic summit features workshop on soil health practices and strategies

An in-depth workshop on soil health practices and strategies employed in organic production systems that can build resilience to climate shock has been announced as part of the 2021 Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers... more »

NIFA invests $30M to help boost organic farming and ranching

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced Sept. 15 an investment of over $30 million for 33 grants that support farmers and ranchers who grow and market high-quality organic food, fiber and other... more »

Organic farm school offers an attractive career path, operators say

Does a lifetime of digging in the dirt (building soil!) sound like an enticing career goal? If so, we just may have the solution to your post-pandemic career blues. Next month the critically acclaimed Organic... more »

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 »

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