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Webinar to take stock of organic research investments

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) will hold a free webinar Thursday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to noon Pacific Standard Time to discuss findings from Taking Stock of Organic Research Investments, 2002-2014. The report provides information on the progress USDA-funding organic research projects have made in addressing critical organic research needs. Report authors Diana Jerkins, […]

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Deadline extended for 2016 Certified Organic Survey

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has extended the data collection period for the 2016 Certified Organic Survey until April 8. If you’re a certified organic farmer or rancher and have not yet received your questionnaire in the mail, visit the NASS website for more information.

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Long-time organic pioneer Dave Engel passes

Organic pioneer David Engel died March 14, after a heroic battle with brain cancer. He made his mark in the organic community, both regionally and nationally, as a dairy farmer, pioneer, and long-time supporter of organic agriculture. He was the Executive Director of Nature’s International Certification Services (NICS) in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Dave’s family, along with […]

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Report urges Congress to reduce obstacles to organic transition

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released a new report on the need to transition more U.S. farmers into organic production. The report, entitled Growing Organic: Expanding Opportunities for U.S. Farmers by Supporting Organic Transition,” shows how the gap between supply and demand has led many U.S. organic food companies to turn to foreign suppliers to […]

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National Organic Program responds to peer review

USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has issued a list of corrective actions it is implementing in response to the 2016 ANSI Peer Review Audit. The Peer Review Panel evaluated NOP’s compliance with ISO/IEC 17011 and reviewed NOP’s accreditation procedures and decisions. It found that NOP and its staff are in general compliance with both, but […]

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USDA announces $60 million in specialty crop grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service has more than $60 million in grants available through its Specialty Crop Block Program to support farmers growing specialty crops. The grants are allocated to U.S. states and territories for projects that support research, agricultural extension activities and programs to address the needs of the specialty […]

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Report finds two main obstacles to organic transition

U.S. farmers seeking to transition to organic certification have identified weed management and the cost of organic certification as major obstacles, according to a report by Oregon Tilth and Oregon State University’s Center for Small Farms and Community Systems. The report, entitled “Breaking New Ground: farmer perspectives on organic transition,” highlights responses from over 600 […]

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Canada reaches new milestone in organic production

Annual organic production data released by the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) show there are over 5,000 certified organic operations across Canada, operating on 2.43 million acres of agricultural land. Domestic production and processing of organic goods are expanding, yet demand continues to outstrip supply. As a result, Canada still depends largely on organic imports […]

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Elevation Burger joins with UberEATS for deliveries

Elevation Burger has entered into an international partnership with food delivery service UberEATS to provide its 100% organic beef and chicken options as well as veggie and vegan offerings to even more guests across the world. Delivery has begun at more than a dozen Elevation Burger locations in cities where UberEATS currently services. The food […]

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New version of Global Organic Textile Standard now available

Version 5.0 of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is now available. GOTS is the international standard for post-harvest processing of apparel and textiles made with 95 percent (“organic”) or at least 70 percent (“made with organic”) certified organic fibers. The standard includes both environmental and social criteria. GOTS core provisions, such as the minimum content […]

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