organic

Organic ag tour set at Carrington Research Center

Organic crop production management, organic variety trials and organic vegetable research are the focus of a tour being held during the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center’s annual field tours July 19. This... more »

Virtue 43 receives organic certification

Midland, Michigan-based Gantec’s new product – Virtue 43 natural plant adjuvant has been certified by the Organic Materials Research Institute (OMRI) as acceptable for organic cultivation. According to a news release, OMRI recently completed a... more »

Organic growth drives evolution of fourth-generation farm

Arnott Duncan is a fourth-generation Arizona vegetable grower who left his family’s farm in 1985 and began growing a few hundred acres of conventionally grown row crops. “It seemed as though the general mix of... more »

US organic sales reach $43.3 billion in 2015

The U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, according to a survey by the Organic Trade Association. The organic industry is up... more »

Secretary Vilsack releases statement on organic sector report

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has released a statement on the Organic Trade Association's report that the organic sector posted its largest-ever dollar gain in 2015. Total organic product sales grew by $4.2 billion, reaching $43.3... more »

Enforcement protects organic integrity

The mission of the National Organic Program (NOP) – part of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service – is to protect the integrity of the USDA organic seal.  Consumers look for and trust the organic seal because they... more »

Organic industry sees double-digit growth

Earlier this month, my agency – the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – released data showing that there are now more than 21,000 certified organic operations in the United States, and more than 31,000 around the... more »

NSAC applauds USDA insurance expansion for organic agriculture transition

Interest in organic products has boomed over the last several years, between 2004 and 2016 sales of organic food more than tripled (from $11.1 billion to $39 billion), but farmers are finding it difficult to... more »

USDA expands insurance options for farmers transitioning to certified organic

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the expansion of a crop insurance option to allow producers to purchase insurance coverage that better reflects their product's actual value. Producers transitioning to certified organic production can now use the... more »

USDA scientists using organic approach to improve carrots

Organic carrots are coming into their own. About 14 percent of U.S.-produced carrots are now... more »

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