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Investing in future organic farmers

The CCOF Foundation, in collaboration with partner organizations UNFI Foundation, Driscoll’s, Organic Valley, Bradmer Foods, and National Cooperative Grocers Association, is offering grants in three educational categories in 2014 to foster organic farming. Categories and requirements are: Kindergarten through Eighth Grade: Grants for in-classroom organic projects in California ($1,000 grants available for 10 schools) High [...]

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The development and implementation of organic seed regulation

This month’s Organic Agriculture includes an article analyzing the evolution of organic seed regulation as it relates to USDA’s National Organic Program’s Regulations and Guidance on the use of seeds and planting stock in organic production. The study draws on formal interviews of key stakeholders, participant observation and documents (including OTA’s comments to NOP on [...]

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Opportunity to analyze your organic farm’s soil

Researchers at Northeastern University, in collaboration with The Organic Center, have launched the National Soil Research Project. The team of scientists is analyzing soil samples from farms all across the United States for humic acid, fulvic acid, and humin content.  These complex compounds are critical to the biological processes found in healthy soil, and organic farmers have [...]

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Funds for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of over $19 million in grants to help train, educate, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farms through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. This program is an education, training, technical assistance and outreach program designed to help farmers, ranchers, and managers of non-industrial [...]

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Farm Bill now on route for congressional approval

On Monday evening, the Farm Bill Conference Committee released the Agricultural Act of 2014 (“Conference Report”), sending a compromise Farm Bill to the House and Senate for final passage and creating a path to presidential signature. Recognizing the growing importance of the organic sector to U.S. agriculture, it authorizes monies and mandates policy changes that [...]

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Cover crops and soil health focus of nationwide education

Cover Crops and Soil Health Forums will be held Feb. 18 at over 200 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Extension offices nationwide in conjunction with the National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health in Omaha, NE. Both the national conference and the local forums are jointly funded by SARE and the Howard G. [...]

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OTA attends organic farming conference in Montana

Last week, Perry Clutts (OTA Board member and Farmer Advisory Council Chair) and Gwendolyn Wyard (OTA’s Regulatory Director of Organic Standards & Food Safety), attended the Montana Organic Association’s 11th Annual Conference in Kalispell, MT. The three-day conference covered critical topics such as breeding and saving seeds for organic systems, and GMO contamination prevention and [...]

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USDA grants support organic agriculture research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on Dec. 11 awarded five grants to support research, education and Extension programs to help improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers. The grants disbursed more than $3 million through the Organic Transitions Program (ORG). Fiscal Year 2013 ORG recipients [...]

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Economics of organic dairy farming webinar

Join eOrganic for a webinar on the Economics of Organic Dairy Farming with Dr. Bob Parsons on Thursday, December 12, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. The webinar is free and open to the public; advance registration is required. Attendees will be able to type in questions for the speaker. Register now. In Vermont, 23 percent [...]

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Organic milk has healthier profile than conventional milk

A research article published this week in PLOS-ONE shows that organic milk has a healthier nutritional profile than conventional milk. In the study, a research team led by Charles Benbrook of Washington State University examined 220 organic and 164 conventional milk samples from dairies around the United States over an 18-month period. Taking a long-term [...]

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