organic

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 »

Attune Agriculture’s Ampersand adjuvant now available in California

Attune Agriculture announced April 17 that its OMRI listed adjuvant, Ampersand, is now available for sale and use in California. Ampersand is made with only food-grade ingredients, and works differently than other adjuvants currently on... more »

2020 Q1 Organic Produce Performance Report shows 8% increase

Total organic fresh produce sales were up 22% for the month of March, with overall first-quarter sales up 8% in retail conditions unlike any ever experienced in the modern era of grocery retailing, according to the 2020... more »

National Organic Standards Board seeks nominations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks nominations of qualified individuals for five open seats on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The 15-member advisory board considers and makes recommendations on the National List of Allowed... more »

Updated tables for insecticides, fungicides in greenhouses available

The new 2020/2021 Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations Guide has newly updated tables for selected conventional and organic fungicides and insecticides for use on greenhouses vegetables. This information can be found in the Pest Management Section... more »

Roadmap to Organic California: Policy Report released

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) is releasing a plan to use organic farming to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. Three decades of peer-reviewed science backs up the policy solutions laid out... more »


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