July/August 2021

7 ways the National Organic Program enforced its standards in 2020

Certified-organic farming is hard work, and it can be competitive. The National Organic Program, (NOP) part of the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, tries to keep the playing field...

Earthbound Farm thriving under Taylor Farms ownership

When Monterey County, California-based Taylor Farms acquired neighbor Earthbound Farm and Mission Ranches in 2019, it was the ultimate opportunity to bring Earthbound ownership back onto its home...

For transitioning to organic, every little bit helps : Editor’s letter

Going organic from conventional is a difficult business decision, and going it alone can seem well-nigh impossible. I don’t really know, of course, because I’m not a commercial...

How Braga Fresh stays ahead of industry changes

At Braga Fresh Family Farms Inc., sustainability is in the ground and in the name of one of its sister companies. Hard work and dedication to the land,...

How Extension research led to Kelsey Creek Orchards going organic

David Mostin never intended to be a walnut grower. His early experiences in walnuts – a small five acres that his grandfather had – weren’t his favorite, as...

How organic vegetable farming techniques affect soil health

Soil and crop management decisions, including crop rotation, residue management, and intensity and frequency of tillage, affect soil health and soil nutrient dynamics. Tillage can degrade soil health...

Strohauer Farms’ organic, specialty potatoes expand reach

When the other kids were riding tricycles, Harry Dean Strohauer already had his sights set on driving tractors. If he saw a chance to cut school in favor...

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