USDA

$20M on tap for organic growers’ post-pandemic assistance

Money is on the table for U.S. organic growers – $20 million, exactly. The USDA in early November opened the application process for funds for gr... more »

Organic foundation backs congressional ask for ag research funding

Organic Farming Research Foundation supports a recent letter delivered to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that sup... more »

$20M coming for additional organic cost-share assistance, Vilsack says

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on June 15 put a number to an earlier commitment to give more government money supporting farms transitionin... more »

US organic program education materials offered in Spanish

The USDA’s National Organic Program recently launched a web page gathering Spanish-language materials for educational purposes. “The number of ... more »

Organic grower turns USDA NOP accreditation manager

What does organic certification really mean for a farm? In Lars Crail’s experience as a central California organic pear farmer turned NOP Accreditat... more »

USDA research seeks prediction, prevention of soil erosion

“Dirt cheap” – it’s an old saying, but hardly accurate. The fact is, the United States loses about $44 billion each year from soil erosion. Th... more »

USDA pauses plans for new organic marketing board

The USDA has ended a proposed rule to establish a national research and promotion program for certified organic products. The decision also terminates... more »

USDA clarifies organic label use for hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics

Let there be no doubt: hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics growers can earn organic certification. The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AM... more »

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