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Hubei Xing Fu:

Chinese grower invests in organic cucumber production

To raise the people's quality of life, and because of promotion of knowledge on healthy food, the Chinese consumer more and more thinks about eating organic vegetables," says Mr. Qiu Xianxiong from Hubei Xing Fu Agricultural Development Co., Ltd.Organic cucumber greenhousesA part of the greenhouse"This.....

US: Georgia Food Oasis galvanizes community farm

Since breaking ground in January 2017, Sharayah Davis’ operation — named Elijah’s farm, after her son — has made astounding progress, becoming a beacon of hope in Columbus while inspiring the community to take action.On just 10,000 square feet — about 1/3rd of an acre — Elijah’s Farm is located on the.....

Which Biopesticides are available for use in U.S. greenhouses?

In Part 1 of this article, “What is a biopesticide?” MSU Extension reviewed the three categories of biopesticides in the U.S.: biochemical, microbials and plant-incorporated protectants. There are 299 biopesticide active ingredients registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but only 40 of.....

Bio-lutions turns agricultural waste into biodegradable packaging

Bio-lutions GmbH, a company that believes in sustainable innovations, came up with a patented ‘mechanical process’ through which agricultural residual fibres are converted into self-binding micro and nano fibrillated natural fibres using only water.This Germany-based company, founded by architect and.....

To cut chemical fertilizer use by at least 20 percent by 2020:

China pushes new fertilizer-replacement program

China's Ministry of Agriculture launched a program to replace chemical fertilizers with organic alternatives in 100 counties and districts.The central government will earmark a fund to support the fertilizer-replacement plan which targets tea, vegetables, and fruit, said Yu Xinrong, vice minister of.....

Belgian universities to develop agricultural biologicals

VIB, Ghent University and KU Leuven have launched a new spin-off: Aphea.Bio. This new company will develop sustainable agricultural products based on natural microorganisms to increase crop yields and to protect them against specific fungal diseases. Thanks to a successful Series A financing round and an.....

AAC highlights GF2 successes at summer meeting

CAN (ON): "Opportunities for innovation are greater than ever"

The diverse range of projects the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) funds was the focus of the organization’s summer reception and dinner held June 14 in Mississauga. To date, Ontario organizations and collaborations have completed 195 projects through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), and funding for 385.....

December 13-14, Monterey

US (CA): Educational sessions planned for Organic Grower Summit

Panels at the inaugural Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will include a range of topics designed to inform and engage organic growers, farmers, producers, and their service and supply chain partners. Farm soil management, environmentally sustainable packaging, advances in agricultural technology, and discussion.....

Pegasus Agriculture:

"Hydroponics a more superior option to organic farming"

With the majority of the world population growing concerned with what they consume and what are the actual constituents of the food that makes it to their plates, the debate of food safety and crop growing practices has never been more intense. Individuals are inclined to eat more healthy produce, even when.....

June 28

USDA offers another webinar for organic handlers

On June 14, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) hosted a one-hour training webinar for organic handlers on Organic Integrity in the Supply Chain. Organic handlers play a vital role in the global organic control system, which includes strict production standards;.....

Copa & Cogeca present views on EU organic farming review

Copa and Cogeca present their views on the EU organic farming review to EU Farm Ministers in Luxembourg on Monday, after the EU did not reach a deal on it in May. Ahead of Ministers meeting, Copa Vice-President Henri Brichart is set to outline to the Maltese Presidency key elements needed for a successful.....

Whitepaper:

Increasing agricultural sustainability through organic farming

The U.S. agricultural system is highly productive, yet many current practices are associated with degradation to water, air, soil and biodiversity. Many studies have demonstrated that organic farming practices not only reduce negative environmental impacts but also can be applied within conventional.....

OMRI celebrates 5,000 products

OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute) announces that the organization has reached 5,000 OMRI Listed products reviewed and verified for organic use. OMRI most recently added 1,000 products since April of 2016, a new record for the Eugene, Oregon nonprofit that started 20 years ago.According to.....

Copa & Cogeca outline key points for successful organic reform

Reacting to EU Farm Ministers decision in Luxembourg to continue talks on the EU organic farming review, Copa and Cogeca outlined key points for a successful reform.Chairman of Copa & Cogecas’ Organic Working Party Kees Van Zelderen said “We can only reach a successful agreement, if a number of key.....