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.
Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed six and reappointed six individuals to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture and Deputy Secretary for Climate and Working Lands Virginia Jameson has been tapped to represent the California Department of Food and Agriculture on the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program Technical Advisory Council.
Tom Chapman has been selected as the next CEO and executive director of the Organic Trade Association and Dairy MAX has promoted Marty McKinzie to chief growth officer and has brought on Kay Johnson Smith as chief operating officer.
The Organic Trade Association has chosen its next CEO and executive director. Tom Chapman, who has extensive experience in the organic industry, will replace outgoing OTA leader Laura Batcha on April 18.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) and National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association (NLFRTA) are forming a strategic alliance that the groups say will help them “strengthen their impact on national public policy.”
A potential “climate-smart” label for food and USDA’s authority to fund large-scale pilot projects using the Commodity Credit Corporation was among the many issues addressed in nearly 400 comments submitted on USDA’s proposed Climate-Smart and Agroforestry Partnership Initiative.