organic

National Organic Standards Board has new members

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Dec. 7 announced the appointment of five new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). “We appreciate the great work of the outgoing board members,” said Deputy Administrator... more »

Organic Grower Summit speakers say organic fits for future

Agricultural visionaries encouraged organic growers Dec. 5 at the Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, California, as the industry honored a family of farmers as its 2019 growers of the year. Organic Grower Summit this year... more »

Hurricanes blow in changes for Southeastern organic grower

North Carolina is productive vegetable country with good soils, good climate and access to urban markets, but the September hurricane season is changing the industry. One example is Black River Organic Farm near Ivanhoe. Most... more »

Five-year study looks at soil, nutrients impact from cover crops

The popularity of cover crops has reemerged in recent years with farmers looking to a variety of grasses, brassicas and legumes to improve soil health. Cover crops can also improve water holding capacity, reduce erosion... more »

Farmers learn the science of soil health at Clemson conference

Healthy crops begin with healthy soil and researchers with the Clemson University’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program are teaching farmers how they can benefit from keeping their soils fit. The researchers teamed up with other... more »

USDA taking applications for organic farm transition funding

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on Nov. 21 posted a funding opportunity through its organic transitions program. “It is expected that all projects will integrate research, education and extension activities, as appropriate... more »

USDA organic agriculture grants set for Penn State research projects

Three organic-agriculture projects led by faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The funding, totaling more than $1.3 million, was... more »

2019 Organic Survey to hit mailboxes in December

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will mail letters with survey codes this December to more than 22,000 U.S. producers involved in certified or transitioning to certified organic farming for the... more »


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