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U.S. companies make case for keeping Cuba organic

April 4, 2016

Cuban farms could one day help to feed Americans’ burgeoning appetite for organic food.

 

USDA Reports Record Growth In U.S. Organic Producers

April 4, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a significant increase in the number of certified organic operations, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector. According to new data, there are now 21,781 certified organic operations in the United States and 31,160 around the world.

Costco gets creative to meet shoppers' huge appetite for organics

April 4, 2016

To boost its supply of organic foods, Costco is trying something new: It’s working with farmers to help them buy land and equipment as it struggles to keep pace with customer demand.

The Sock Queen of Alabama

March 31, 2016

Nine years ago, when she was 27 and unhappily selling real estate, Gina Locklear went to her parents with a proposition. She wanted to make socks. Not the basic white socks the family had specialized in, but fashionable socks, with organic cotton and dyes.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree to go to Cuba on organics research trip

March 24, 2016

The Maine congresswoman and others in her group aim to connect with Cubans who have been farming for 25 years without access to chemicals, essentially producing organic food.

Four trends driving growth in organic

March 14, 2016

Going organic is not exactly cheap or easy for food and beverage manufacturers, but the size of the prize may be worth it. A panel of experts laid out the business case for transitioning to organic during a presentation at Natural Products Expo West, held March 10-13 in Anaheim. 

Canada Organic Trade Association Appoints Executive Director

March 9, 2016

The Canada Organic Trade Association's Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has appointed Tia Loftsgard as Executive Director of the association, effective March 21, 2016.

Organic Sector Pleased With New and Improved Canada/EU Organic Equivalency

March 8, 2016

After five years of ongoing negotiations, the European Union Regulatory Committee on Organic Production has voted on March 2nd on the expansion of the current scope of the Canada-EU Organic Equivalency Arrangement. Process products with imported ingredients certified in accordance with Canada's organic legislation will now be cover under the agreement.

USDA Financial Assistance Available to Help Organic Farmers Create Conservation Buffers

February 29, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its intent to assist organic farmers with the cost of establishing up to 20,000 acres of new conservation buffers and other practices on and near farms that produce organic crops. 

Organic checkoff proposal takes novel approach

February 29, 2016

When it comes to checkoffs, the proposed organic one isn’t just the new kid on the block. It’s more like the alien who landed in the middle of the block.

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