Organic industry leaders are hoping the popularity of the Biden administration's transition assistance for new producers entering the sector will encourage lawmakers to put even more funding into such efforts.
The question of whether hydroponic production can be certified as organic now rests with a panel of federal appeals court judges, who seemed to be inclined to affirm a lower court decision allowing such certification.
Advocates for organic agriculture are praising a new framework from the Agriculture Department to transform the U.S. food system, which includes $300 million for organic development, but questions remain about how USDA will roll out the money.
The nation’s organic dairies are growing in their ability to produce milk relative to the inputs in the production process, but not nearly at the same rate as other dairies in the country, according to new research from the Department of Agriculture.
Funding from the USDA Organic Research and Education Initiative and Western SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) helped plant scientists at the University of California, Davis, develop organic dry bean varieties that taste good, can survive the bean common mosaic virus and are viable in organic systems.