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Rodale Institute kicks off vegetable comparison trials

Earlier this month, Rodale Institute began planting potatoes, winter squash and snap beans in its new Vegetable Systems Trial (VST), intended as a long-term side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional vegetable production systems. The goal is to compare and develop viable vegetable production systems that improve soil, plant, human and environmental health through using regenerative […]

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Educational guides for building healthy soils

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is developing a series of educational guides to help organic farmers and ranchers enhance the soil health and overall resilience of their operations. Each guide begins with tools and practices set in the context of the challenges and opportunities identified by organic producers in OFRF’s 2016 National Organic Research […]

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Get your company in the Organic Report

The Organic Trade Association is now beginning production of its summer 2017 Organic Report—OTA’s print and digital magazine—for release in July. Want your company’s new products or milestones included? Submit items to Barbara Haumann. Interested in placing an ad? For advertising rates and details, contact Hannah Micheaux. The deadline for both editorial copy and ad placement […]

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Webinar on market news reporting on organic

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will present a live, interactive webinar Thursday, May 18, at 2 p.m. Eastern on Organic Reporting within its multiple Market News divisions.  Join the webinar to learn how USDA’s Specialty Crops, Dairy, Livestock, Poultry & Seed, and Cotton & Tobacco Market News programs provide stakeholders with free access to market […]

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Organic Integrity Training and Resource List

USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) protects the integrity of USDA organic products throughout the world, so consumers can trust the organic label. Protections are provided by a global organic control system that includes strict standards, certifier accreditation, farm and business certification, and enforcement. NOP has published two new resources for organic handlers, certifiers, and inspectors. The first […]

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GOTS Regional Round Table

Brand owners, executives and marketing professionals from top sustainable brands that use certified organic cotton and wool and are certified to the strict GOTS processing criteria gathered May 4 at the First Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Regional Round Table in North America to strategize on ways to move the organic textile industry in North […]

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Farm Bill hearing testimony from certified organic farmer

On Saturday, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a 2018 farm bill field hearing in Frankenmuth, MI, focusing on “Growing Jobs and Economic Opportunity: Perspectives on the 2018 Farm Bill from Michigan.” Among the 17 witnesses was Collin Thompson, a Community Food Systems Educator for Michigan State University Extension. Working for the MSU Upper Peninsula Research […]

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USDA reports progress in organic price elections

In its latest annual report to the agriculture committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Risk Management Agency (RMA) said it has made significant progress in developing and improving federal crop insurance for organic crops. Since last year’s report, RMA has added 21 new organic […]

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Organic lifestyle brands celebrate in The Big Apple

The Organic Trade Association (OTA), along with leading organic fiber lifestyle brands and support businesses, will showcase in New York City this week that what you put ON your body matters just as much as what you put IN it. In a first-of-its-kind event, OTA will host a two-day pop up shop the heart of […]

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GOTS facilities increase to 4,642 in 2016

The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) worldwide increased from 3,814 in 2015 to 4,642 in 2016. GOTS certified facilities are now located in 63 countries around the world, down from 68 countries in 2015. GOTS certification covers the processing of organic fibers along the entire supply chain from field […]

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