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USDA Provides New Cost Share Opportunities for Organic Producers and Handlers

December 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices around the country to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification.

Letter to the editor by Laura Batcha

November 11, 2016
In reference to the opinion piece by The Packer’s National Editor Tom Karst on Nov. 4, “Organic needs unifying message, but is it possible?” the Organic Trade Association is pleased to see that Mr. Karst recognizes the important potential and value of an organic check-off research and promotion program.

Organic Industry Counters Recent Allegations, Details Hopes for USDA Meeting

November 4, 2016

Cornucopia Institute “clearly has an opinion” about how to interpret the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 and current federal regulations governing organic food production, Nate Lewis, farm policy director for OTAtells Food Chemical News, “and it’s certainly within anyone’s right to report a complaint or investigate if they believe the regulations have been violated, but the merits o

Millennials are Driving Organic Food to New Heights

November 3, 2016

The survey of 1,800 households across the nation found that more than half of parents who are buying organic food regularly are between the ages of 18 and 34, as compared to a little more than a third of Gen-Xers and 14 percent of Baby Boomers. 

Organic produce sales soar double digits in second quarter

October 18, 2016

Organic fruit and vegetable sales saw large increases, both in dollars and volume, in the second quarter of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.

How Trade Agreements are helping U.S. Markets Meet the Growing Demand for Organics

September 30, 2016

According to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) 2016 Organic Industry Survey, total organic product sales hit US$43.3 billion, its largest annual dollar gain ever.

Millennials pushing organic to new heights

September 27, 2016

More than half of organic shoppers are millennials with children, according to a new survey from the Organic Trade Association. Parents ages 18 to 34 years old represent the largest group of organic consumers in the United States. Among American mothers and fathers, 52% of those buying organic are millennials, which compares with 35% of Generation X parents and 14% of Baby Boomer parents.

How "Certified Transitional" Foods Will Change the Way You Buy Organic Produce

September 27, 2016

If you haven't heard about "transitional" food or seen a "certified transitional" label at the market yet, you likely will soon. Interest in transitional crops—ones where farmers are in the process of converting their fields from conventional agriculture to organic—has been picking up steam, says Nate Lewis, farm policy director of the Organic Trade Association. 

G.M.O. Labeling Law Could Stir a Revolution

September 2, 2016

Ardent’s organic wheat program expands to Saskatchewan

August 18, 2016

U.S. flour processor Ardent Mills’ plan to double organic wheat acres in the U.S. by 2019 has rolled into Saskatchewan.

Ardent, the joint North American flour venture of agrifood firms Cargill, CHS Inc. and ConAgra, said Wednesday it has so far expanded “Organic Initiative 2019,” which it launched in December, to seven U.S. states plus Canada’s biggest wheat-growing province.