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Visit an organic farm this Saturday

Organic Valley is hosting public farm visits across the nation in its Organic Valley Farm Discovering open farm day June 21.  To find a participating organic farm in your area, Organic Valley has provided a clickable map of the United States to show places to visit in various regions throughout the nation.

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The Center responds to narrow Bloomberg viewpoint

The Center has posted a response to “Organic Isn’t Clean and It Isn’t Toxin-free,” published last week as an opinion piece in Bloomberg View. The response points out how this piece is narrow, incomplete and largely an uninformed view of the benefits of organic farming.

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Monarch butterfly decline linked to GMOs

A new study led by the University of Guelph has linked the decline in monarch butterflies to the decline of milkweed plants in the U.S. Corn Belt. The research by Tyler Flockhard, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Guelph, links the loss of milkweed to the planting of GM crops, which have been widely […]

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Online calculator to help with nitrogen and nutrient use

Oregon State University Extension Service has developed a new spreadsheet-based online tool, the Organic Fertilizer and Cover Crop Calculator, to help small-scale organic farmers estimate how much nitrogen and other nutrients that cover crops and fertilizers provide for their next cash crop. Farmers and gardeners who don’t use cover crops can still use the calculated […]

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Organic seed webinar

The Organic Seed Alliance and eOrganic, supported by a contract from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s National Organic Program, will hold an organic seed webinar on June 6 at 11 a.m. EDT. Entitled Understanding the National Organic Program Seed Rule and Sourcing Organic Seed, the free webinar is designed for organic certifiers, inspectors, and operations. […]

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Get your farm’s soil analyzed for free!

Researchers at Northeastern University, in collaboration with The Organic Center, have launched the National Soil Research Project. Scientists are analyzing soil samples from farms all across the United States for humic acid, fulvic acid, and humin content—complex compounds that are critical to the biological processes found in healthy soil. The National Soil Research Project will analyze your farm’s soil […]

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USDA announces crop insurance for organic farms

In a news release last week, USDA announced the launching of a new pilot program for insuring crop losses on diversified and organic farms.  The new program, called Whole-Farm Revenue Protection, was authorized by the 2014 farm bill and will provide farmers flexible coverage options for specialty crops, organic production, and diversified cropping systems.  Last […]

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Nature’s Path purchases 2,760 acres of organic farmland

COTA member Nature’s Path has purchased 2,760 acres of organic farmland in northern Montana, to help increase organic farmland, attract and educate new farmers, and meet the growing demand for organic grains and legumes. Nature’s Path will work with Vilicus Farms to farm the land and support the one-of-a-kind organic farmer training institute in Montana […]

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Standards Interpretation Committee comment period ends tomorrow

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in partnership with the organic sector, developed the Organic Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC). The SIC provides the Canada Organic Office with interpretive guidance on issues related to the National Standards for Organic Agriculture (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB32.311). Read the SIC’s proposed answers to questions raised by organic stakeholders. This round […]

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Summit will draw organic farmers, buyers to D.C.

OTA’s upcoming Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days May 21-22 will draw organic farmers from all across the United States to engage in a conversation between organic producers and processors on organic grain supplies. The goal is to discuss contract models to help ensure a steady supply of grain for processors, a less volatile market price […]

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