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.
Grant Lundberg is CEO of Lundberg Family Farms in Richvale, California, which he describes as a vertically integrated consumer packaged goods company. Lundberg talked with Agri-Pulse about how consumer demand and drought are impacting organic rice in California.
In January 2020, California Organic CEO Kelly Damewood outlined her organization’s plans to push for more organic acres in California and offered her take on Gov. Gavin Newsom. A pandemic and two legislative sessions later, organic demand is high and more farmers are looking into the potential transition.
A new Colorado labor law, which includes specifics on overtime pay and the use of hand-weeding, has passed the Colorado Senate and will be heard by the House State, Civic, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday, June 3.