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India: ICAR institute releases 465 biological pesticides

Farmers depending on chemical spray for protecting their horticultural crops can now heave a sigh of relief as a premier agricultural research institute has developed varieties of bio-pesticides which are sourced from natural resources such as animals, plants, bacteria and certain minerals. Bengaluru-based.....

US: Organic science celebrated at sold-out fundraiser

Spotlighting the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming during an all-organic feast for more than 500 organic visionaries, activists and businesses, The Organic Center’s gala Thursday night raised just over $400,000 to help advance the projects of the non-profit.....

Video: How to improve tomato varieties

Organic vegetable growers need varieties that are optimally adapted to their farming systems. In this webinar, participants describe how to develop and select improved vegetable varieties using the breeding component of the tomato organic management and improvement (TOMI) project as an example. The goal of.....

USDA publishes NOSB meeting proposals and discussion documents

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted meeting materials and an updated agenda for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Denver, CO, April 19-21, 2017. Documents are posted on the Spring 2017 NOSB meeting webpage.The.....

EU imports of organic products from Norway and Iceland to resume

Organic products from Norway and Iceland can again be imported to the European Union and duly marketed as abiding by the EU's organic rules following the incorporation of the relevant regulations into the agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).The long-awaited decision taken by the EEA Joint Committee.....

Biological Products Trade Association changes name, expands membership

The Biological Products Industry Alliance (BPIA), formerly the BioPesticide Industry Alliance, is the new name of the U.S.-based trade association representing the biological products industry. BPIA membership includes biological products manufacturers and marketers, distributors, food processors, growers,.....

December 13-14, Monterey

US (CA): Organic Grower Summit coming to Monterey

The Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) are teaming up to host the first-ever Organic Grower Summit (OGS) in Monterey, California on December 13-14, 2017.The OGS will bring together the entire organic production chain as well as service and supply partners at one.....

US: California micro kale sees macro attention

Interest continues to increase in California-grown organic micro kale. “Supply is steady and consistent for us,” says Danielle Horton of Irvine, Ca.-based Urban Produce LLC. “We are almost at capacity and looking to expand to a second location to meet increased demand for our living products.”Urban’s kale is.....

13,200 containers per hour

Spain's largest organic cherry tomato packaging machine

Induser, the Ejido-based company specialised in the design and manufacture of packaging lines for agro-food products, has installed the largest automatic packaging machine in the organic cherry tomato sector for the firm Biosabor.It is a project developed in two stages for the production of 13,200 containers.....

US (WI): The state of organic agriculture

Wisconsin is a national leader in organic agriculture. Wisconsin excels in both the number of farms involved in organic agriculture and the breadth of organic products raised and sold.According to data from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), Wisconsin had 1,334 organic farms in 2015, nearly doubling.....

Growing demand for OMRI listed coco substrate

In response to the growing market for certified organic produce, Browncoir is pleased to announce that its grow bags and substrates have been reviewed by OMRI for use in compliance with the USDA's National Organic Program standards. "Over the last couple of years we have expanded our presence in North.....

University of British Columbia:

"Organic farming doesn't always deliver benefits"

Whether organic food delivers health and environmental benefits depends a great deal on who you are and where it is grown, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia.In a country such as Canada where we enjoy a nutrient-rich diet and stringent pesticide regulations, the health benefits.....

US: National Organic Program shares training for certifiers and inspectors

On January 31 – February 1, National Organic Program (NOP) staff presented training to USDA-accredited organic certifiers in Portland, Oregon.The annual training provides critical information, updates, and reminders to certifiers, as well as serves as a communication tool between the Accreditation and.....

USDA updates National Organic Program Handbook

The National Organic Program (NOP) has published an updated Program Handbook Instruction, NOP 2027: Personnel Performance Evaluations.NOP 2027 describes the procedures that accredited certifying agents should follow when conducting personnel performance evaluations. The revised procedure establishes a system.....