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Lawsuit over hydroponics in organic program gets USDA response

The USDA this month filed a legal reply to a lawsuit over its policy allowing hydroponic grow operations to be certified as organic. The March 2 lawsuit brought by the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a group of... more »

Presidential director position at Organic Ag Institute filled by Wilson

Houston Wilson has been named the presidential director for the University of California’s Organic Agriculture Institute, which was established in January 2020 with a $500,000 endowment by Clif Bar and a matching $500,000 endowment from... more »

Misionero first processing-only facility to be EFI certified

After two years of preparation, Gonzales, California-based Missionero, a grower of organic leafy greens, announced its Gonzales facility received Equitable Food Initiative certification. According to a news release, this makes the Gonzales facility the first processing-only... more »

Organic produce sales continue to increase, OPN reports

Total organic fresh produce sales continued to soar in April, increasing 18 percent from last year, and outpacing  conventional produce products in both dollars and volume according to the April 2020 Organic Produce Performance Report. The... more »

Sustainable Agriculture Research Education Program boosted at UC ANR

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources will be welcoming the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program back to its direct oversight effective July 1, 2020. "This change in management will enable closer collaboration between the Sustainable... more »

USDA gets letter from Organic Trade Association regarding COVID-19 impact

The Organic Trade Association’s CEO and Executive Director Laura Batcha this week sent a letter to Secretary Perdue outlining impacts to the organic sector due to COVID-19. In the letter, Batcha highlighted the unique supply chain challenges... more »

Flexibilities for organic certification OK’d by USDA amid coronavirus pandemic

Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) may allow organic producers to report acreage as certified organic, or transitioning to organic, for the 2020 crop year if they can show they have requested a written certification from a... more »

Organic Produce Summit 2020 canceled due to COVID-19

"Based on the ongoing monitoring of health advisories, and recent statements by the governor of California related to large gatherings, we have determined in order to  protect the health, safety, and well-being of all Organic... more »

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