organic

Muramoto first UC Extension specialist dedicated to organic agriculture

For the first time, the University of California has hired a Cooperative Extension specialist dedicated to organic agriculture. Joji Muramoto, a longtime research associate with the University of California Santa Cruz, will coordinate a statewide... more »

UGA vegetable scientist recommends organic mulches for weed control

If they start now, Georgia organic farmers can use mulch and cultivation to manage young weeds, according to Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez, vegetable scientist on the University of Georgia Tifton campus. If weeds are not controlled... more »

Organic certification costs can be covered by USDA funds

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced May 6 that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP).... more »

OFRF continues funding for plant breeding project

Development, testing, and release of resistant varieties is essential to controlling downy mildew and bacterial wilt, diseases that pose a significant and costly production challenge for organic farmers. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has provided... more »

Driscoll’s, Val Verde, Alpine Fresh honored by Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market has announced the winners of the seventh annual Supplier Awards, which honor suppliers that embody the company’s mission and values through their proven commitment to quality, environmental stewardship, organic integrity, innovation and... more »

April Crittenden in new post for CCOF Certification Services

A national organic certification, advocacy and education organization has named April Crittenden as chief certification officer, effective April 16. CCOF Certification Services, LLC is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our... more »

Gerber taps growers for groundbreaking baby food

Growers planted new crops and grew them organically in order to help baby food giant Nestlé put a groundbreaking line of baby food products in stores. Gerber Freshful Start is a new line of baby... more »

Large to small growers move crops with Farm-to-School movement

Providence Farm is a small vegetable-and-livestock operation in Michigan’s Antrim County, with a community supported agriculture (CSA) program and a roadside market. But owners Ryan and Andrea Romeyn say direct sales to schools have led... more »


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