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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.

Meaty matters: How to navigate organic’s new frontier

July 29, 2015

According to the Organic Trade Association, the market for organic meat grew over 11 percent this year alone.

An Organic Check-off; Contributing to Our Greater Good

July 27, 2015

As with most anything else, I find myself weighing both sides of the debate over the organic check-off application that was recently submitted to the USDA by the Organic Trade Association. 

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