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US: Organic Certification Cost Share ProgramOCCSP provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP). Certified operations may receive up to 75 percent of their certification costs paid during October 1, 2016, through September 30,.....
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US: AMS announces Accreditation Program for Transitional agricultural productsThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is accepting applications from existing organic accredited certifying agents (ACAs) interested in AMS accreditation to certify agricultural products as "Transitional". ACAs should submit their applications by February 28, 2017, for.....
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High soil test phosphorus and potassium levels on a long-term organic farm:A trend observed on many organic vegetable farms that rely on imported manures and manure-based composts and fertilizers is an increase in soil test phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) levels above sufficiency (the level at which additional nutrient input is unlikely to increase yield or product quality). High.....
Microbial traits, not plants, determine abundance of soil organic matterHealthy soil is rich in organic matter, but scientists have yet to fully understand exactly how that organic matter is formed. Now a team of University of New Hampshire scientists have uncovered evidence that microbial pathways – not plants – are the chief originator of the organic matter found in stable.....
EU study highlights health benefits of organic foodA new study reviews existing scientific evidence regarding the impact of organic food on human health from an EU perspective, with a focus on public health. The development of environmentally sustainable and healthy food systems is an international priority. The study examines how organic food and organic.....
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US (WI): Organic Vegetable Production ConferenceThis producer initiated conference is built around farmer to farmer skill sharing and is expected to attract growers from Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Topics to be addressed by expert speakers include soil, specific crop production, and farm business management.Click here for more.....
Bejo reaps investments in organic seed"We’re seeing that organic seed is a huge growth market, both in and outside the Netherlands," says Robert Schilder from Bejo. "Led, in fact, by supermarkets and government, which both encourage it. They want plant protection product residues to be as low as possible." Organic cultivation nowadays more and.....
US: Organic certification just got easierThanks to a newly re-positioned farmer cost share program, announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic producers and handlers will have improved access to organic certification cost share assistance starting in spring of 2017. By moving the program from the Agricultural Marketing Service.....
Canada: Discovery Organics to distribute Vertical Designs strawberriesVertical Designs has signed an agreement with Discovery Organics. The agreement entails the right to purchase and distribute all certified organic strawberries from the facility currently under construction at 34240 Page Rd, Abbotsford, BC. The strawberries will be sold under the ECO SPIRIT brand, a First.....
Italy: Organic growth at ItalplantItalplantis a Sicilian nursery that, in over thirty years of business, has always met the commitments made to its clients, suppliers and employees.As established by the Fidone family, who founded the business, the working rhythm is humane. People love their jobs here and managers listen to client needs......
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