Organic Farming


Organic Certification Farmer Cost Share Funds Still Available

September 9, 2014

Organic producers and handlers can still take advantage of certification cost-share funding through the end of the fiscal year…

Program Roundup — Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program

August 21, 2014

Editor’s Note — Each SARE region operates independently, setting their own policies and priorities. They also solicit proposals and award grants at different times of the year. This is the first in a series of periodic blog posts on the latest happenings in each SARE region as they roll out project solicitations and announce grant […]

USDA Climate Report Misses Sustainable Systems

August 1, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report, Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory, which provides scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities. The report is designed to aid […]

$13 million in Organic Certification Cost Share Assistance Now Available

July 18, 2014

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding for organic certification cost-share assistance for organic producers and handlers.  Payments for certification-related expenses incurred from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014 can cover up to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs, […]

Progress Report on Organic Price Elections for Crop Insurance

June 19, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a new report updating Congress on USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) progress towards completion of organic price elections for all insurable organic crops.  USDA has improved crop insurance offerings for organic farmers, but report makes it clear there is still a lot more work to do. With […]

Funding Available to Support Integrated Pest Management Efforts

May 30, 2014

On Wednesday, May 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of more than $16 million in funding for fiscal year 2014 to address critical integrated pest management (IPM) needs.  Applications for funding are due June 19, 2014. IPM is a science-based, decision-making process that allows […]

House Subcommittee Passes 2015 Agriculture Funding Bill

May 20, 2014

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund USDA and FDA programs in 2015

2012 Census Drilldown: Organic and Local Food

May 16, 2014

On May 2, USDA released data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture.  The Census of Agriculture has been conducted since 1840 and currently is collected once every five years.  This is the second in a series of drill down posts, looking at particular themes from the Census that relate to local and regionally produced food and organic agriculture. […]

Bill Introduced to Thwart State Efforts to Require GMO Labeling

April 11, 2014

The issue of labeling products that contain genetically modified (GMO) material is contentious and has faced strong opposition from many industry groups but has been backed aggressively by consumer advocacy groups.  It is estimated that 80 percent of food in the United States contains at least one genetically engineered ingredient, and polls have indicated that […]

More 2015 Funding Hearings – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing Programs

April 4, 2014

This week, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee held hearings on the Obama Administration’s FY 2015 funding requests for three USDA mission areas – Food Safety, Rural Development, and Marketing and Regulatory Programs, which includes the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).  The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee also held […]

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