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Feds release new produce safety, 3rd-party audit rules

November 16, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday released three new rules to establish enforceable safety standards for produce farms and verify that imported food meets U.S. safety standards in an effort to prevent foodborne illnesses and outbreaks. 

FDA sets food safety rules for produce farms

November 16, 2015

Fruit and vegetable growers will have as long as six years to comply with a landmark FDA rule that, for the first time, sets food safety standards for produce farms. The Produce Safety Rule was issued at the same time as a rule that requires importers to verify that imported food meets U.S.

Great organic hope? Young idealistic farmers help keep land in production

November 9, 2015

Hauling feed, herding pigs, long hours. Farming is hard. And 25-year-old Leanna Mulvihill loves it. Young farmers like Mulvihill are bright green shoots in a field full of old growth. Farmers, on average, are getting older, and millennials eager to get their fingernails dirty on sustainable farms are welcome.

If GMOs aren’t the problem with our food system, then what is?

November 9, 2015

Laura Batcha, CEO/ Executive Director of OTA, along with Tom Vilsack, Dan Glickman, Bob Stallman, Ricardo Salvador, Tom Colicchio, Michael Jacobson, and Hugh Grant, respond to the question: "Leaving aside GMOs for the moment, what’s the problem with our food? How, in other words, should we go about fixing our food system, from the ground up?"

Organic Produce Summit to feature educational sessions in partnership with OTA

November 4, 2015

The Organic Produce Summit will feature a series of timely educational sessions to be presented at its inaugural trade show designed for organic fresh produce producers and handlers.

Uncle Matt's Organic citrus farm 'uncovering' old, timeless methods

November 3, 2015

OTA Member Benny McLean is highlighted in this Orlando Business Journal for his family company's commitment to organic, and for combining traditional and innovative farming methods. 

Collaboration and Innovation are Keys to Organic Success

October 28, 2015

This USDA Blog post by Anne L. Alonzo, Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator, celebrates the fact that for years, the organic industry has experienced enormous growth, defying expectations and creating exciting opportunities for producers and entrepreneurs around the world.

Distributor an organic pioneer

October 27, 2015

David Lively, vice president of sales and marketing at the Organically Grown Co., helped launch the distribution company to bring more order to the organic market.

Some farmers upset that hydroponic crops carry organic label

October 26, 2015

About 50 protested Monday at a Monday meeting in Stowe of the National Organics Standards Board. The protesters urged the board to recommend that hydroponic crops not carry the label.

Interested in organic? Federal and state programs can help with transition

October 21, 2015

Opportunities are available in organic production for some Minnesota farmers. The market for organic production is growing.

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