Organic Stories
(Photo credit: USDA)
Fruits
April 5, 2016
Organic Operations Up 12%
Data projects double-digit growth in organic sector valued at $39 billion nationwide. Read More
La Crosse, WI, City Councilman Fran Formanek delivers a proclamation from the mayor naming Feb. 27 “Faye Jones Day” in honor of the founding director of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).
Fruits
February 29, 2016
Largest U.S. Organic Farming Event Sets Attendance Record
Wisconsin event attracts participants from every state in the U.S., and was attended by people from around the world. Read More
David Coveyou of Coveyou Farms in Petoskey, 
MI, produces certified organic vegetables 
including lettuce and other leafy greens, 
tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and sweet corn. Photo credit: Coveyou Farms
Farm Management
January 31, 2016
Organic Vegetable Farm Combines The Right Ingredients To Create A Thriving Business
The business model of Coveyou Farms in Michigan has allowed the operation to be sustainable and profitable in a challenging market. Read More
USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and a commercial partner developed a new organic antimicrobial wash for fresh produce.
Photo by Peggy Greb
Food Safety
January 25, 2016
Antimicrobial Wash Reduces Risk Of Pathogens Fresh Produce
The product is USDA certified organic and is expected to be used in commercial flumes and rinse tanks that wash fresh produce. Read More
Uproot Farms organic
Fruits
December 22, 2015
The Country’s Largest Organic Farming Conference Will Take Place In February
The conference features 65 workshops and will be held in La Crosse, WI. Read More
Recent trial results show that multiple applications of alternative insecticides
may be needed for insect control at moderate to high pest populations.
Photo Credit: Ayanava Majumdar
Fruits
December 12, 2015
$17.6M Available For Organic Agriculture Research And Extension
Funding to support outreach and research to help organic growers. Read More
organic pepper for web
More Vegetables
December 2, 2015
New Organic Plant Breeding Effort To Produce Novel Varieties And Train Breeders 
A project launched by the University of California, Davis was developed for growers in need of seeds for cultivars meeting the needs of organic farming. Read More
First Organic Fast Food Restaurant - The Organic Coup
Fruits
November 21, 2015
First USDA-Certified Organic Fast Food Restaurant Opens
The Organic Coup opened its first location 10 days ago in Northern California. Read More
Organic Transition Planner booklet cover title close-up
Fruits
November 16, 2015
Organic Farming Transition Manual Available
USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education helps growers understand the certification standards and explore transition strategies. Read More
bunch of strawberries
Berries
November 5, 2015
$2 Million Grant To Sweeten Pot For Organic Strawberry Studies
UF/IFAS researchers will concentrate on cover crops and how they could impact multiple production practices. Read More
Recent trial results show that multiple applications of alternative insecticides
may be needed for insect control at moderate to high pest populations.
Photo Credit: Ayanava Majumdar
Organic
November 3, 2015
Advisory Board Approves Organic Trade Association Petitions To Tighten, Improve Standards
Eleven materials were recommended by the Board for removal from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. Read More
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Fruits
October 28, 2015
Pacific Northwest Organic Plant Breeding Symposium Slated For February
Hosted by the Organic Seed Alliance, the symposium to be held in Oregon will identify opportunities for advancing organic plant breeding. Read More
The Latest
GenNext Growers
June 20, 2016
Organic Farming Programs Can Be Eye-Open…
Tremendous sales growth of organic produce, combined with the average grower’s age, might equal opportunity. Read More
Organic
June 1, 2016
Organic Peach-Bagging Project Shows Grea…
Clemson University research may allow growers in the Southeast to prevent diseases related to heat and humidity. Read More
Fruits
May 24, 2016
Organic Food Sales Hit Record $43.3 Bill…
Organic Trade Association says organic fruits and vegetables logged sales of $14.4 billion. Read More
Fruits
April 5, 2016
Organic Operations Up 12%
Data projects double-digit growth in organic sector valued at $39 billion nationwide. Read More
Fruits
February 29, 2016
Largest U.S. Organic Farming Event Sets …
Wisconsin event attracts participants from every state in the U.S., and was attended by people from around the world. Read More
Farm Management
January 31, 2016
Organic Vegetable Farm Combines The Righ…
The business model of Coveyou Farms in Michigan has allowed the operation to be sustainable and profitable in a challenging market. Read More
Food Safety
January 25, 2016
Antimicrobial Wash Reduces Risk Of Patho…
The product is USDA certified organic and is expected to be used in commercial flumes and rinse tanks that wash fresh produce. Read More
Fruits
December 22, 2015
The Country’s Largest Organic Farming Co…
The conference features 65 workshops and will be held in La Crosse, WI. Read More
Fruits
December 12, 2015
$17.6M Available For Organic Agriculture…
Funding to support outreach and research to help organic growers. Read More
More Vegetables
December 2, 2015
New Organic Plant Breeding Effort To Pro…
A project launched by the University of California, Davis was developed for growers in need of seeds for cultivars meeting the needs of organic farming. Read More
Fruits
November 21, 2015
First USDA-Certified Organic Fast Food R…
The Organic Coup opened its first location 10 days ago in Northern California. Read More
Fruits
November 16, 2015
Organic Farming Transition Manual Availa…
USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education helps growers understand the certification standards and explore transition strategies. Read More
Berries
November 5, 2015
$2 Million Grant To Sweeten Pot For Orga…
UF/IFAS researchers will concentrate on cover crops and how they could impact multiple production practices. Read More
Organic
November 3, 2015
Advisory Board Approves Organic Trade As…
Eleven materials were recommended by the Board for removal from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. Read More
Fruits
October 28, 2015
Pacific Northwest Organic Plant Breeding…
Hosted by the Organic Seed Alliance, the symposium to be held in Oregon will identify opportunities for advancing organic plant breeding. Read More
Organic
October 19, 2015
2016 Organic Agriculture Research Meetin…
Symposium will be held prior to the Asilomar Conference at the 36th Annual EcoFarm Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA. Read More
Berries
October 13, 2015
Whole Foods Gives Oregon Blueberry Growe…
Hood River Blueberry is the recipient of a $114,000 loan to help expand its packaging line and purchase a new Read More
Equipment
October 5, 2015
Grimmway Farms Moves Plants With Robots
In phase one of what it hopes will be a series of trials, Grimmway Farms experimented with the concept of Read More
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