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June 6, 2017

US: Webinar presents results of Organic Transition Survey

The organic sector continues to grow and more producers are transitioning their operation to organic. What motivates these producers? What are the major challenges during transition? And what resources do they need to support the transition? This webinar will present the results of a national survey of.....

April 25, Gainesville

US (FL): UF/IFAS networking event to focus on organic agriculture

As organic food goes mainstream, more small farms are looking to get into the industry, says Jim DeValerio, agriculture agent for Bradford County with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension program.“We’ve seen growing demand in small farm communities for more.....

May 10-11, Perryville

US (AR): Planning for success for vegetable producers

With support from the Southern Extension Risk Management Center and Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, NCAT and Heifer International are offering back-to-back workshops for vegetable producers.Workshop sessions on the first day will include a discussion of financial management,.....

Certified organic operations in US market continues to grow

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new data indicating the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with 24,650 certified organic operations in the United States, and 37,032 around the world.The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13.....

India: Arunachal launches organic mission

Arunachal Pradesh has taken a major leap forward towards sustainable agriculture practices for producing healthy and quality food crops with the Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh launching the State Organic Mission in a function at Banquet Hall on Saturday. With.....

Video for certified organic handlers

Organic integrity in the supply chain

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) protects the integrity of USDA organic products throughout the world, so consumers can trust the organic label. The size and complexity of organic trade has grown over time, and many U.S. businesses rely on imports to create the.....

Will the NOSB finally pick a side on the organic hydroponic debate?

Tomorrow, April 19, the USDA's National Organic Standards Board will meet in Denver to discuss regulations that will determine the working definition of the USDA's organic certification. One of the hot topics on the meeting's agenda is the highly controversial question if hydroponic production of organic.....

China: Large volumes of organic strawberries hit the market

"Organic strawberries usually hit the market in the beginning of January, and leave it at the beginning of June. The selling price on the market is approximately 20% higher than that of ordinary strawberries. The main reason for this price difference is the wide spectrum of varieties, the output and varying.....

US: OFRF awards 2017 research grants

OFRF's Research and Education Committee announces the selection of five innovative projects for its 2017 research grant awards. Grantees were selected based on the relevance of their proposed research projects to fostering the improvement or adoption of organic farming systems."We were impressed with the.....

Australia: Building an organic horticulture farm from the ground up

After selling his sister’s organic sweet potatoes at his Brisbane market stall Nathan Wulff decided it was time he had a go at the horticulture game too.Nathan along with his father Ole Wulff purchased a 16 hectare property at Churchable, outside of Gatton in February this year and have started planting.....

More swiss growers added to organic BioSuisse certification

Swiss organic farming continues to grow. 386 companies signed up for Bio Suisse last year. According to the leading Swiss organic association, which awards the "Knospe" quality label, this has not been the case since the 90s. As a result, 6,144 producers now act according to the guidelines of Bio Suisse......

The best starter fertilizers for organic growing

Formulating an organic growing medium for starting vegetable and herb seeds can be a challenge, depending on what a grower is looking for. When it comes to starter fertilizer charges, most growers prefer having them incorporated into their certified organic growing medium.The question is: how long does it.....

CAN (ON): NatureFresh builds new DC, expands organic offering

Increased demand for premium greenhouse grown products across the NatureFresh Farms product line has prompted one of Canada’s largest independent growers to break ground on a new 106,000 sq.ft Distribution Center in Leamington, ON. Construction is to be completed by mid-summer.“The continued expansion of our.....

US (NY): Growing interest in CSAs

CSAs—which stands for Community Supported Agriculture—are pre-paid shares of a local farm’s harvest, which supports the small agricultural businesses.Being a member of a CSA gives people a clearer image of where their food is coming from and educates all on the seasonal bounties of the area.Justin Seelaus,.....