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Organics coalition opposes certification change to containerized growing facilities

The Crops Subcommittee of the National Organic Standards Board has submitted a recommendation that crops using hydroponic, aquaponic, aeroponic and other containerized growing methods — commonly used for products like living lettuce, herbs, sprouts and... more »

USDA awards $21.4 million for organic research, Extension

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released details of 26 grants that will help organic farmers and ranchers improve business operations and bring more organic food to the... more »

USDA seeks comment on exotic fruit fly eradication program

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on an updated environmental impact statement (EIS) that analyzes the effects of exotic fruit fly eradication programs in the United States and its territories.... more »

USDA awards $36.5 million to Extension, research

USDA has issued 19 grants totaling $36.5 million for research and extension to support American farmers growing fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops including floriculture. The grants are funded through... more »

USDA awards $26 million for affordable farmworker housing

USDA has awarded $26 million to help provide housing for farmworkers in nine rental communities in four states. The funding will support 439 rental units in California, Florida, Kansas and Texas. The funding is provided through... more »

NASS data fuel USDA programs to help agriculture

Farmers are unique in that they touch every single American every single day, because we all eat. Ensuring a continuity of agriculture is important to all of us. To take the pulse of U.S. agriculture,... more »

USDA finalizes rules for local food enterprise loans

On Friday, June 3, USDA released its final rule for the Business and Industry (B&I) Loan Guarantee program, codifying a variety of changes aimed at improving program delivery, making the regulation easier to understand, and... more »

USDA, Western Growers to host strawberry crop insurance meetings

Western Growers is working closely with USDA's Risk Management Agency to enhance and improve the current strawberry crop insurance program. The Strawberry Crop Insurance Program was developed in 2012 and was further reviewed by USDA... more »

USDA awards $14.5 million for plant research

USDA has awarded more than $14.5 million in grants to support research into plant health, production and resilience. These grants were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational program, authorized by the... more »

USDA cites Old Fashion Honey for PACA violations

USDA has cited Old Fashion Honey Corp., doing business as U.S. Food Logistics, Delray Beach, Florida, for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $1,239,751 to five sellers for 30 lots of... more »

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