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US: New organic management resource available

Increasingly aware how food purchases affect their health and the environment, consumers are changing the way they eat. Sales of organic products in the United States totaled $47 billion in 2016, an increase of nearly $3.7 billion from 2015. But demand for many organic staples continues to outstrip domestic.....

UNH to develop strawberry varieties specifically for U.S. organic production

Scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have launched a research project that aims to develop the first varieties of strawberries specifically designed for organic agriculture in the United States.The organic strawberry varieties will be developed.....

US: Aquaponics Association calls on NOSB to retain organic eligibility

The Aquaponics Association submitted its official comment to the NOSB ahead of the Fall 2017 Meeting, at which it will vote on aquaponics' organic future. The Association will also deliver web comments later this month. Here is the state of the Association's Aquaponic and Hydroponic Organic.....

November 8, St. Louis

US (MO): Organic transition for commercial-scale farms

High consumer demand for organic food translates to a need for more acres under organic management. This workshop will teach you how organic systems work and give you an outlook on the organic marketplace. Whether you’re considering a switch to an organic system, want to create a split operation, or are.....

Jason Arnold, Upstart University:

"Why I support organic certification for soil-free farmers"

It’s hard to get a count of how many hydroponic or aquaponic farms are currently certified organic in the U.S. ATTRA claims that there are around 17 certified organic hydroponic or aquaponic facilities, while other sources say the number is higher. You can find one of them in the heart of Berkeley.The reason.....

US: What will the NOSB decide about soilfree organics?

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will vote November 2nd on a prospective rule change that would remove hydroponic, aquaponic, and other soilless or container-based growing systems from the USDA organic label.This article is part of a series in Upstart University's ongoing coverage about on the.....

US: OTA helps advance legislation to boost global organic trade oversight

The Organic Trade Association on Thursday applauded Representative John Faso (R-NY) for introducing the Organic Farmer and Consumer Protection Act, which would make significant strides to improve the oversight of global organic trade, create a level playing field for American organic farmers, and establish a.....

France to cut support for booming organic farming

During the first semester of 2017, the number of farmers converting to organic increased by 9.2% according to the latest report by Agence Bio.This growth is fuelled by strong demand from French consumers. “Today, there is a strong demand for organic products, much stronger than in the past”, said Jean-Michel.....

Global overview of policies supporting organic agriculture

For the first time ever, a complete global overview of policies supporting organic agriculture has been compiled, and tools for advocates and policy-makers are now available in the ‘Global Policy Toolkit on Public Support to Organic Agriculture’. Published by IFOAM - Organics International, the toolkit can.....

US: Organic agricultural production up 23 percent

Sales of organic agricultural production continued to increase in 2016, when U.S. farms produced and sold $7.6 billion in certified organic commodities, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Results of the 2016.....

US: NSAC urges Congress to seek real solutions for immigration reform

In recent months, members of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) have viewed with growing concern a series of policy proposals and actions aimed at reducing the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States and maintaining the agricultural workforce without providing those.....

US: NOSB meeting proposals and discussion documents published

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) has posted meeting materials and an updated agenda for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall meeting, to be held in Jacksonville, FL, October 31-November 2, 2017. Documents are posted on the Fall 2017 NOSB meeting webpage.The.....

Head of USDA's organic program steps down

The USDA’s National Organic Program will have new leadership as of October when Miles McEvoy steps down after eight years at the helm.McEvoy, who has been deputy administrator of the National Organic Program within USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, announced his departure in a Sept. 10 letter he said he.....

US: NOP actions underway on OIG international trade audit report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts independent audits and investigations of the Department's programs and operations.The OIG published findings from its audit on "National Organic Program International Trade Arrangements and Agreements." OIG began its review.....