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One farmer's perspective: Organic is a brand, not a commodity

April 4, 2017

Commodity check-off programs have been around for decades. Many producers forced to contribute to those check-offs have rebelled because they are taxed without receiving any benefits.

I’ve been among the most vocal critics of those check-offs through the years.  

Merrigan to organic industry: Be proud of being big

March 16, 2017

The organic food industry should not shy away from the label "Big Food" because the industry's growing market clout will help it fight any political challenges in the Trump administration, former Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said recently at an Organic Farming Research Foundation fundraiser in Anaheim, Calif.

The Organic Center Responds: What the latest research actually says (and doesn't) about organic

March 14, 2017

A new journal article published in Science Advances highlights many areas where organic agriculture excels: higher biodiversity, improved soil and water quality, greater profitability, and higher nutritional value.

Can Organic Food Prevent a Public Health Crisis?

March 8, 2017

Is organic food better for us? A growing number of scientific studies suggest that it is.

USDA extends Organic Check-off public comment period to April 19, 2017

February 24, 2017

Organic Trade Assocation Statement: OTA Urges USDA to Move Forward with Organic Research and Promotion Check-off Program Proposal 

Welfare rule for organic livestock gets 60-day delay by USDA

February 9, 2017

Years in development, the animal welfare rule for organic farming, issued in the final days of the Obama administration, will take effect at least 60 days later — May 19 — than planned due to the Trump administration freeze on new regulations, said USDA.

USDA announces stricter animal welfare rules for eggs, meat

January 18, 2017

Organic meat and egg producers will have to abide by stricter animal welfare standards under a new rule announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department.


It’s Time We Get Serious About Organic Farming

January 17, 2017

Conventional farming and food production practices in this country are creating serious environmental and public health problems. Every day, an industrial farming system spinning out of control confronts all Americans with serious challenges.

Ground-Breaking Animal Welfare Organic Rules Moving Forward

January 13, 2017

As we’ve reported in the past, buying certified organic meat doesn’t guarantee the animals were treated humanely. And while there’s no cure-all for an industry that often prioritizes economy over animal welfare, things may be looking up for all animals raised on organic farms in the U.S.

AMS Announces Accreditation Program for Transitional Agricultural Products

January 11, 2017