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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.

More Ohio farmers go organic

October 15, 2015

Though the image of organic farming is one of back-to-the-land hobbyists raising heirloom vegetables for farmers markets, Ohio’s organic farms have found that what was once a niche is now an industry.

Eating Organic Lowers Pesticide Levels in Children

October 8, 2015

Researchers have found that when children eat organic fruits and vegetables, the amount of pesticides in their bodies declines significantly.

This obscure organic-burger chain should make Shake Shack, Five Guys, and Smashburger nervous

October 6, 2015

A growing name in the better-burger sector is coming for Five Guys, Smashburger, and Shake Shack. Elevation Burger, started in Arlington, Virginia, in 2005, has now spread to 10 states nationwide and Washington, DC.

Organic Produce Summit to explore $11 billion organic fruit and vegetable industry

October 6, 2015

Program plans are being finalized for the inaugural Organic Produce Summit to be held July 13-14, 2016 in Monterey, CA. The two-day summit is dedicated to the flourishing organic fresh fruit and vegetable industry, and includes an engaging and informative program connecting organic producers and handlers.

OTA applauds EPA steps to safeguard health of farmworkers

October 1, 2015

The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center applaud the steps that the EPA has taken to safeguard the health of farmworkers, who are essential for putting food on our tables. The U.S.

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.