USDA launches Organic Integrity Learning Center

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service – The National Organic Program has launched the new Organic Integrity Learning Center, providing free 24/7 online training for organic professionals around the world. “Fair and consistent certification and robust enforcement of the organic standards are keys to protect the integrity of the USDA Organic Seal that consumers trust and producers […]

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Farmers drop organic labels over certification process, access to markets, study says

Purdue University – Midwestern fruit and vegetable farmers are more likely than their counterparts in other regions to give up federal organic certification, according to a Purdue University study. Access to organic markets and consumers as well as the demands of obtaining and retaining certification seem to be the most significant drivers of their decisions. […]

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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 […]