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Is organic raspberry production a profitable enterprise?Brambles, including raspberries and blackberries, can be a very profitable crop, but how profitable they will be for you depends on several factors. To begin with, your market will determine the price you receive for your berries. You will get premium prices selling directly to consumers at farmers markets,.....
August 2-3, Nashville or August 9-10, Memphis
US (TN): Learn all about organic certificationTennessee State University Cooperative Extension is offering this two-day course in two locations. The five-part course introduces organic agriculture, discusses certification and marketing, discusses production and management, and addresses practical applications. The program is suited for both new science.....
Hubei Xing Fu:
Chinese grower invests in organic cucumber productionTo 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 farmSince 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 packagingBio-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 programChina'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 biologicalsVIB, 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 SummitPanels 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.....
"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.....
USDA offers another webinar for organic handlersOn 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 reviewCopa 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.....