Organic ag ‘hotspots’ boost local economies
Organic production and processing “hotspots” provide an added boost to local economies, a new analysis concludes.
“U.S. Organic Hotspots and Their Benefit to Local Economies,” an analysis of three previous independent studies by Penn State Agriculture Economist Edward Jaenicke, found organic agriculture has a bigger impact on local economies than previously suspected.
USDA Interview with Monique Marez, OTA's Associate Director of International Trade
Monique Marez, Associate Director, International Trade, discusses managing foreign access programs and working on technical assistance for specialty crop producers.
Study shows unexpected effect of organic hotspots on local economies
OTA pushes for strengthened organic seed sourcing as a next step in creating seed purity standard
USDA should strengthen organic seed sourcing practices as part of a multifaceted approach to prevent unintentional contamination of organic crops with genetically modified organisms, the Organic Trade Association argues in comments submitted to the National Organic Standards Board.
From cropland to chicken coops, organic manufacturers get their hands dirty to anticipate looming shortage
Companies from Chipotle to Costco are creatively coming up with ways to keep their organic supplies steady, but mid-sized, natural category veterans are concerned about the big fish jumping into a small and shrinking pond.
FDA to Extend Comment Period on Request for Scientific Data, Information, and Public Comments on Assessing the Risk of Human Illness Associated with Raw Manure as Fertilizer
In response to multiple requests from stakeholders, the FDA is extending the comment period for public input to assist FDA in its plan to develop a risk assessment evaluating the risk of human illness associated with the consumption of produce grown in fields on which raw manure (or other untreated biological soil amendments of animal origin) is used as fertilizer.
Why Organic Restaurant Certification Matters
To raise accountability, more restaurants are taking the extra step of getting their entire business—not just certain menu items—certified as organic.
CJ’s Premium Spices named national competition finalist
CJ’s Premium Spices, LLC is a finalist in the American Small Business Championship and will compete for a $25,000 grand prize.
GOTS gets tough on false organic fibre claims
The Global Organic Textile Standard - or GOTS - is stepping up its efforts to clamp down on what it says are "rampant" mislabelling and false 'organic' claims in the apparel sector.