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Sales from organic U.S. farms reached $5.5 billion last year: USDA

September 18, 2015

Sales from organic U.S. farms reached $5.5 billion last year, a 72 percent increase from 2008, the U.S. Agriculture Department said in a report on Thursday that highlighted the consumer trend toward such products.

Organic farm sales surge 72 percent from 2008, USDA reports

September 17, 2015

The 2014 Organic Survey, released today by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), shows that 14,093 certified and exempt organic farms in the United States sold a total of $5.5 billion in organic products in 2014, up 72 percent since 2008.

USDA announces more price options, elections for organic producers

September 9, 2015

USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced Wednesday that it would offer expanded price options and elections on organic crops in 2016, helping organic producers purchase higher crop insurance policies.

New Report Shows that Organic Growing Methodology is Bee Friendly

September 3, 2015

An important and timely report released in June by The Organic Center shows that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators — predominantly bees — which have been declining at an alarming rate in the past decade and threatening global food security.

Organic Trade Group Rallies Members & Supporters For “Myth-Busting” Social Media #OrganicFestival

August 26, 2015

The Organic Trade Association (OTA), an industry group representing more than 8,500 companies involved in organic agriculture, is gearing up for a month-long social media #OrganicFestival — in which it hopes to dispel common consumer misconceptions about what organic means.

Organic Industry Unites to “Bust Myths” throughout September

August 24, 2015

Consumers have never before had such a wide array of organic food and products to choose from.  Sales of organic products are increasing at or near double digits annually.  But despite these successes, research reveals significant consumer confusion about organic benefits.

OTA responds to Stericycle press release on organic food recalls

August 20, 2015

On Thursday, August 20, 2015, the New York Times published “Recalls of Organic Food on the Rise, Report Says” by reporter Stephanie Strom. The story focused on data collected by Stericycle, a company that manages product recalls for businesses, which pointed to an increase in the number of recalls of organic food products.

Will Organic Agriculture Feed the World?

August 14, 2015

The United Nations recently released their2015 World Population Prospects report, which estimates the vast numbers of humans that will inhabit our planet in the next 15 years.

OTA responds to inaccurate Forbes article

August 7, 2015

The July 29 article “The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture" in Forbes paints an inaccurate picture of the organic regulations.

Organic farmers face growing pains as demand outpaces supply

August 5, 2015

When Andrew and Melissa Dunham took over a 150-year-old corn, soybean and cattle farm from a relative in 2006, the 80-acre spread northeast of Des Moines, Iowa, couldn’t support a full-time farmer.

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