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Organic Wine Study-Price or Taste?

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You swish around a sip of organic wine in your mouth and it might tempt your taste buds, but that doesn’t mean you’ll pay more for it. Cathy Isom tells us wine lovers aren’t willing to pay more for that bottle, even if it’s labeled organic. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.   Organic agriculture around the world …


Reebok to Manufacture Shoes Made from Corn, Organic Cotton

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Reebok will begin making shoes from corn and organic cotton later this year. The initiative is an effort to create more sustainable products. A Reebok spokesperson says: “Reebok is trying to clean up the entire life cycle of shoe making,” Reebok says the sole of the new shoe will be made with petroleum-free, non-toxic industrial-grown corn, while the body of …

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Study: 82% of U.S. Households Buy Organic Regularly

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A recent study by the Organic Trade Association finds that 82 percent of U.S. households in the lower 48 states buy organic products regularly. The Association says those findings build a strong case for continued U.S. Department of Agriculture funding under incoming secretary Sonny Perdue. Laura Batcha (Bat-cha), CEO and Executive Director of the Association, says, “The organic community is …

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Organic Farmers Group Growing

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The Organic Farmers Association is gaining momentum, according to Politico. The group, organized by the Rodale (roh-dale) Institute, has formed a steering committee and will hold leadership elections early next year. The panel includes 12 voting seats for certified organic farmers and seven non-voting seats for organic farm organizations. The Rodale Institute says the organization has “several hundred members” that …

Cost Share Opportunities for Organic Producers/Handlers

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Organic Producers and Handlers May Apply for Certification Cost Share Reimbursements; Expanded Eligibility for Transition and State Certification Cost The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving …

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Organic produce growers sought for research study

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University of California scientists are seeking certified organic growers to participate in a multistate soil and food-safety study.  The researchers are gathering data to develop national guidelines and best practices for using raw manure to improve soil health while minimizing food-safety risks in organically grown crops such as leafy greens, tomatoes and root vegetables.

Napa Valley, California: Hall Wines, Certified Organic vineyard with Bunny foo Foo in the background, May 12 2015 Napa Valley, California.

U.S – Mexico Establish Committee to Support Organic Trade Partnership

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced plans to establish a Joint Organic Compliance Committee to enhance cooperation and ensure the integrity of organic products traded between the United States and Mexico. The committee will be established through a terms of reference signed by the AMS Administrator Elanor Starmer and Enrique Sánchez Cruz, Director in Chief …

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Certified Organic Production Sales Up 13 Percent

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California Continues to Dominate Organic Sales with $2.4 Billion of $6.2 Billion Nationally The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of the 2015 Certified Organic Survey, which show that 12,818 certified organic farms in the United States sold a total of $6.2 billion in organic products in 2015, up 13 percent from $5.5 billion …

Fresh organic food at the local farmers market. Farmers markets are a traditional way of selling agricultural products.

California State Organic Program

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from the Organic Stakeholder Work Group Executive Summary California leads the nation in organic farms, land in organic production, and organic sales.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service, organic acreage has grown 46 percent from 2008 to 2014. California alone produced over $2.2 billion in organic agriculture in 2014, accounting for more than …

Organic Symposium Proceedings Now Available

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Summaries of presentations from the 2016 Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS) held in Pacific Grove are now available online at Many of the workshops and keynote presentations were recorded live and may be viewed via the eOrganic YouTube channel. The event, which was co-sponsored by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, covered topics ranging from soil health, seeds, plant …