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USDA: Organic operations up in 2018

The USDA’s certified organic operations in 2018  increased by nearly 2,000, or more than 4%. The number of certified organic operations in the United States reached 27,494 in 2018, up by 1,093 over the 2017... more »

Enza Zaden field days create connections between researchers and growers

{Sponsored} Enza Zaden is launching new varieties in two field days, one in San Juan Bautista, California June 11-13, 2019, and the other in Florida, which occurred May 14, 2019. The California Field Days will focus... more »

Researching, teaching, growing, Homefield Farm operates seamlessly

Virginia Tech senior Riley Golski doesn’t look at the dining hall’s green beans the same way he did as a freshman. A geography major at the university who grew up in Norfolk, he had no... more »

USDA halts plans for new organic marketing board

The USDA has ended a proposed rule to establish a national research and promotion program for certified organic products. The decision also terminates the proposed rule on referendum procedures. USDA based the termination on lack... more »

What California’s new organic regulations mean for growers

California is the leading agricultural state in the country and we are proud of the products that are grown and produced here. The laws and regulations that are in place protect consumers, producers, handlers, processors,... more »

Organic Farming Program receives $498,706 USDA grant

Rodale Institute and Delaware Valley University (DelVal) have been awarded a $498,706 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The three-year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant... more »

Rootella mycorrhizal inoculants listed for organic farming

Groundwork BioAg is pleased to announce that its Rootella series of mycorrhizal inoculants has been allowed for use as inputs in organic agriculture, by both OMRI and Ecocert certification agencies. Organics Material Review Institute (OMRI) reviewed... more »

UNH to develop strawberry varieties for organic production

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have launched a research project that aims to develop the first varieties of strawberries specifically designed for organic agriculture in the... more »

Organic growers tally wish lists for new farm bill

Organic growers say they’re more than a niche of the agriculture market, and the group appears to be getting Washington’s attention as they lobby for more input on the 2018 Farm Bill. Ironically, some of... more »

Tomato trials, organic N options shown at field day

Educators and researchers showed off trials of new seeds and cultivation techniques at the Michigan State University’s (MSU) Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC) near Benton Harbor. About 40 individuals attended the tours at... more »


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