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Potato breeder names industry veteran Derbidge new president

HZPC Americas Corp. has named a potato industry veteran as its new president. Aron Derbidge, who succeeds Jeff Scramlin, will begin leading operations... more »

Soli Organic working with Rutgers University on seeds

Soli Organic Inc., a soil-based, controlled environment agriculture company delivering 100% USDA certified organic produce to more than 20,000 retail ... more »

Iowa State developing corn varieties favorable to organic growing

Iowa State University scientists are leading an effort to improve efficiency and genetics in organic corn production, a fast-growing sector of the... more »

Opportunities, threats found in Pacific Northwest’s organic seed supply

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) announced the release of a report November 19 that details organic seed policy opportunities and threats in the Pacific No... more »

Organic garden seeds startup raises $15M for innovation, growth

A startup brand for retail organic garden seeds, Back to the Roots, recently said it has raised $15 million in new funding to accelerate product innov... more »

The Midwest studies regionally-adapted organic seeds

Growers gathered at a Minnesota farm in early September to share techniques and tips for growing organic seed specially adapted to the Midwest’s cli... more »

Bayer’s vegetable seed leader sees ‘shift toward organic preference’

Organic seeds are not as niche a market as some might suspect. The acres qualified for certified-organic agriculture are a thin fraction of the tot... more »

Bayer aims to expand offerings of organic vegetable seed, rootstocks

Bayer on Sept. 22 announced plans to expand its vegetable seed offerings to include organically-produced vegetable seeds. The launch will focus on ... more »

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