USDA Seeking Dismissal of OTA Lawsuit

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

The Department of Agriculture wants a federal district court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the department’s delay of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule. USDA claims it’s challenger, the Organic Trade Association, “lacks standing because it pleads no facts” in showing the delay has resulted in the suffering of its members because of the USDA action, according to …


USDA to Survey Farmers’ Planting Intentions for 2018

Dan Field Crops, Nursery Crops, Organic, Specialty Crops, USDA-NASS

As the 2018 crop production season begins, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to determine their plans for the upcoming growing season. “Each year, the agriculture industry eagerly awaits USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, which provides the first survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ planting intentions for the year,” said NASS’ Southern Regional …

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Register Now for Georgia Organics Conference

Dan Organic

Farmers and anyone interested in the organics industry are invited to attend the 21st Annual Georgia Organics Conference & Expo, February 16-17 in Augusta, Georgia. Director of Farmer Services at Georgia Organics, Michael Wall, says a big trade show will be a part of this event. Register Now for Georgia Organics Conference

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Organic Trade Association Suing USDA Over Livestock Standards

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, Organic

The Organic Trade Association is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the USDA decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock Standards proposed and endorsed by most in the organic industry. Nate Lewis, farm policy director for the Organic Trade Association, says the USDA broke the rules when withdrawing the standards without public comment. Lawsuit Lewis says the decision to withdraw …


Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with Green Juice

Dan Fruits, Organic, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Everyone makes a New Year’s Resolution. Cathy Isom helps keep those of us that made one about staying healthy, and on a diet by telling us about a day devoted to getting your greens. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with Green Juice January 26th is National Green Juice Day. A food holiday …

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Organics Encourage Support for Livestock Rule

Dan Cattle, Dairy, Industry News Release, Livestock, Organic

The organic food sector is drumming up support for the recently ditched organic livestock rule. Leading the charge, Organic Valley cooperative of Wisconsin says the group is demanding that the Department of Agriculture stop interfering with the public process that created the rule. The coalition, which includes the National Farmers Union, published a paid open letter in the Washington Post …


Farmers Explore the Challenges and Rewards of Organic Farming

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

A panel of Farm Bureau members who farm organically discussed the challenges and rewards of choosing organic farming at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Panelist Tom Schwarz, an organic farmer from Bertrand, Nebraska, who currently serves on AFBF’s Organic and Direct Marketing Issue Advisory Committee, said organic was a viable option for his …

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Support for Organic Agriculture Research, Extension, and Education

Dan Industry News Release, Organic, Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $17.6 million in grants focused on organic agriculture research, education, and extension activities. These grants are funded through a competitive process by NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. “America’s organic industry continues to be one of …


Organic Trade Association Filed Complaint About Organic Livestock Rule

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock, Organic

The Organic Trade Association filed a complaint in federal court regarding the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule a week before the Department of Agriculture announced its withdrawal. USDA on Friday published noticed that it would withdraw the rule because the rule exceeded USDA’s statutory authority. The rule is subject to 30 days of public comment. The Organic Trade Association …