organic

USDA pauses plans for new organic marketing board

The USDA has ended a proposed rule to establish a national research and promotion program for certified organic products. The decision also terminates the proposed rule on referendum procedures. USDA based the termination on lack... more »

USDA clarifies organic label use for hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics

Let there be no doubt: hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics growers can earn organic certification. The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on January 25, 2018, clarified some longstanding issues for the National Organics Program, announcing that... more »

New organic regulations coming for California growers

California is the leading agricultural state in the country and we are proud of the products that are grown and produced here. The laws and regulations that are in place protect consumers, producers, handlers, processors,... more »

USDA awards $498,706 grant to Organic Farming Program

Rodale Institute and Delaware Valley University (DelVal) have been awarded a $498,706 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The three-year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant... more »

Organic Farmers Association lists policy priorities

The Organic Farmers Association recently announced its 2017-2018 Policy Priorities, including policy positions on organic issues such as hydroponics, animal welfare, organic checkoff and the farm bill. Last week, the Organic Farmers Association Steering Committee... more »

UNH to develop strawberry varieties for organic production

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have launched a research project that aims to develop the first varieties of strawberries specifically designed for organic agriculture in the... more »

Organic growers tally wish lists for new farm bill

Organic growers say they’re more than a niche of the agriculture market, and the group appears to be getting Washington’s attention as they lobby for more input on the 2018 Farm Bill. Ironically, some of... more »

Organic New Jersey growers get help with certification fees

Organic produce growers and handlers in New Jersey could qualify for government help with... more »

Workshop to help organic growers develop custom food safety manuals

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) next week will host a workshop for growers looking to create customized food safety manuals for their farms. The one-day, hands-on workshop will take place Tuesday, Aug.... more »

Inaugural Organic Grower Summit opens attendee registration

General attendee registration is now open for the inaugural Organic Grower Summit (OGS), slated for Dec. 13-14 in Monterey, California. A joint production between California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Organic Produce Network (OPN), OGS... more »


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