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Record organic sales reported for 2023

Organic product sales are increasing and in the U.S., have hit a record, according to a report. Sales of certified organic products approached $70 billion in 2023, a record for the sector. Dollar sales for... more »

Naturipe exhibits at California Strawberry Festival

Naturipe Farms, a large strawberry grower, including blueberries and organics, plans to exhibit in a booth at the 38th Annual California Strawberry Festival in Ventura, California, on May 18-19. Founded in 1984, the festival highlights... more »

MSU grape spring meeting focuses on season prep

Michigan State University Extension’s (MSU) grape spring kick-off meeting is scheduled to help growers prepare for the 2024 growing season. The meeting is scheduled for April 19 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the... more »

Strawberry yields increased through UCCE research  

Troubled by puny plants, low yields and persistent mite problems, third-generation Southern California strawberry grower Glen Hasegawa was ready to give up on his transition from conventional to organic 12 years ago. “I’ve always liked... more »

Certis Biologicals adds fungicides from AgBiome

Certis Biologicals has acquired Howler and Theia fungicides and other assets from AgBiome. “Certis Biologicals is committed to contributing to the growing biologicals market,” Jow-Lih Su, interim CEO of Certis Biologicals, said in a news... more »

Organic group adds Spanish-language soil health course

Editor's note: Spanish-language version below. (Español abajo.) The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has a free online course in Spanish, focused on the importance of improving soil health for agricultural production. With partners at the... more »

Organic Produce Summit names keynote speaker

Sponsors of the Organic Produce Summit (OPS) have announced the show’s keynote speaker. Nicholas Bertram, president and chief executive officer of Flashfood, is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the July 10-11 conference at... more »

USDA funds more than $1 million in organic promotion abroad

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has received more than $1 million from the USDA Market Access Program (MAP) to promote U.S. organic products around the world in 2024. The $1.05 million consists of $760,633 in... more »

New leadership duo heading Organic Trade Association

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has appointed a new leadership team. Co-CEOs Tom Chapman and Matthew Dillon will lead the organization based in Washington, D.C. Reflecting the expanding vision of the trade association and the... more »

California seeks to define ‘regenerative’

With companies increasingly using the term “regenerative” to sell their products, there’s also growing pressure to nail down what this latest farming buzzword means. The unregulated term has crept into legislation, language authorizing government funding... more »

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