USDA Publishes Origin of Livestock Final Rule for Organic Dairy

Earlier this week, the USDA published the Origin of Livestock final rule for organic dairy. The Department said the change to the USDA organic regulations will promote a fairer and more competitive market for all organic dairy producers. The rule ensures that certified USDA organic dairy products are produced to the same consistent standard. Agriculture […]

Demand For Organic Products Continues To Move Higher

Consumer interest in organic products continues to grow. Industry analyst Ryan Koory of Mercaris said the latest information is based on 2020, the latest full year data. “Organic food sales reach $20-billion, which is a record setting level.” Koory said shifts in consumer demands drover the rise in organic sales. “Which we saw more consumer […]

USDA to Gather New Data on Certified Organic Production

NASS is conducting the 2021 Organic Survey to gather new data on certified organic crops and livestock nationwide. USDA said the effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified organic agriculture production on the nation. NASS is mailing the survey to all known certified organic farms and ranches within the 50 states. […]

OSU: Ag Exports Up 25% Over Recent Years

According to an economic analysis report from Oregon State University, exports of agriculture from the state increased 25% over the past six years. That report also showed the number of small farms in Oregon increased since 2015. 3,417 small farms, which is an operation of nine acres or less, have started over the past six […]

Deadline Extended to Apply for Pandemic Support for Organic Operations

On Tuesday, the USDA extended the deadline for farmers who are certified organic, or transitioning to organic, to apply for pandemic assistance. The Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program helps cover certification and education expenses. The deadline to apply for 2020 and 2021 eligible expenses is now February 4th, rather than the original deadline […]

Washington Organic Seed Summit Set For Early December

Washington State University food systems program, Viva Farms and Organic Seed Alliance, will host the first ever Washington Organic Seed Summit. Project manager, Aba Kiser, says organizers hope the three-day event be a network building opportunity for Evergreen State based seed growers of all levels of experience. “There will be a wide range of presenters from […]

USDA Builds Pandemic Support for Certified and Transitioning Organic Operations

Late last week, the USDA announced pandemic assistance to cover certification and education expenses to certified organic producers or transitioning to organic. USDA will make $20 million available through the new Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program. During the COVID-19 pandemic, certified organic and transitional operations faced challenges due to loss of markets, and […]

Organic Trade Association Seeking New CEO

Earlier this week, the Organic Trade Association announced the launch of a nationwide search for a new CEO and Executive Director. After more than a decade with OTA and the organic community, current CEO Laura Batcha plans to step down in spring 2022. OTA’s search committee is composed of members of the association’s Board of […]

Bayer to Launch Organic Vegetable Seeds Portfolio

Last week, Bayer announced it will expand its vegetable seeds offerings under the Bayer umbrella to include organically produced seed. The launch will focus on certified organic production in three key crops for the greenhouse and glasshouse market, including tomato, sweet pepper and cucumber. These will be followed by tomato rootstock varieties in 2023. Bayer’s […]

Specialty, Organic Numbers Continue To Climb

Not only has production of specialty crops, organic crops, local food, and greenhouse production grown in recent years, but as the RMA’s acting Administrator Richard Flournoy pointed out, so has crop insurance offerings in those areas. “All the growth we’ve had in those programs over the years, as well as the interest in those programs […]