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Georgia: Not Just Peaches and Peanuts

Dan Citrus, Fruits, Georgia, Industry News Release, Organic, Peanuts, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

Inaugural tour introduces variety of Georgia Grown products, featuring site tours and gourmet meals. Georgia Grown, the marketing and economic development program of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, wants everyone to know that the state produces more than just peaches and peanuts. That’s why Georgia Grown is hosting international and national media guests, grocery buyer executives, state officials and culinary …

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Helping Producers Cover Costs for Organic Certification

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

Federal funds are available to help farmers applying for receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the funding Monday. The program provides cost-share assistance up to 75 percent of certification costs each year to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of …

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New “Ask NRCS” Brochure for Organic Farmers

Dan Florida, USDA-NRCS

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida wants organic producers to know there is a new booklet that was developed to assist in communicating about NRCS programs organic production. The new “Ask NRCS” brochure covers a variety of natural resource concerns and conservation practices including soils, water, air, plants, animals and energy.  Conservation technical assistance through NRCS helps farmers and ranchers address …

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USDA Decides Not to Impose Additional Regulatory Requirements for Organic Producers and Handlers

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on Jan. 19, 2017. The rule would have increased federal regulation of livestock and poultry for certified organic producers and handlers. The withdrawal becomes effective May 13, 2018. Significant policy and legal issues were identified after the rule published …

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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 …

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USDA Seeks Nominations for the National Organic Standards Board

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill an upcoming vacancy on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a Federal advisory committee. Written nominations, with cover letter, resume, and an advisory committee background information form, must be postmarked or received on or before by Aug. 7, 2017. The 15 member NOSB includes four organic farmers; two handlers; …

Despite Rising Demand, U.S. Doesn’t Do Enough to Support Organic Transition

Dan Industry News Release, Organic

by Colin O’Neil, Agriculture Policy Director, Environmental Working Group More and more Americans want to avoid toxic pesticides on the foods they are buying and feeding their families. But the U.S. invests too little in growing more organic food. As demand for organic food continues to rise, American food companies and retailers are forced to rely on imports. We think …