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Organic acreage in U.S. jumps 31 per cent

OrganicBiz staff New data released by the U.S. National Agricultural Statistics Service show certified organic crop and livestock production in the U.S. is expanding rapidly. A survey of USDA-accredited organic certifying agents shows the number of certified operations climbed 12 per cent to 14,861 between 2014 and 2015. Acres reported under organic production surged 31 […]

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U.S. government to cost share organic certification

OrganicBiz staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $11.6 million available to help wannabe organic growers in that country go through the certification process. “The organic market is booming, with more and more producers taking advantage of the economic opportunities it presents,” said Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Elanor Starmer said in a release. “The […]

USDA invites comments on new organic livestock regulations

By John Morriss OrganicBiz staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has invited comments on proposed changes to organic livestock and poultry production requirements. In a release, the USDA said the changes are intended to maintain confidence in organically labelled products, and are based on recommendations by the National Organic Standards Board […]

U.S. offering internship for organic seed production

OrganicBiz staff The U.S.-based Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) have launched a new internship program designed to link wannabe organic seed producers with experienced seed farmers. According to the OSA website site, the program’s six-month internships are available that combine hands-on education, farm-based independent study, and classroom and […]