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The Sock Queen of Alabama

March 31, 2016

Nine years ago, when she was 27 and unhappily selling real estate, Gina Locklear went to her parents with a proposition. She wanted to make socks. Not the basic white socks the family had specialized in, but fashionable socks, with organic cotton and dyes.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree to go to Cuba on organics research trip

March 24, 2016

The Maine congresswoman and others in her group aim to connect with Cubans who have been farming for 25 years without access to chemicals, essentially producing organic food.

Four trends driving growth in organic

March 14, 2016

Going organic is not exactly cheap or easy for food and beverage manufacturers, but the size of the prize may be worth it. A panel of experts laid out the business case for transitioning to organic during a presentation at Natural Products Expo West, held March 10-13 in Anaheim. 

Canada Organic Trade Association Appoints Executive Director

March 9, 2016

The Canada Organic Trade Association's Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has appointed Tia Loftsgard as Executive Director of the association, effective March 21, 2016.

Organic Sector Pleased With New and Improved Canada/EU Organic Equivalency

March 8, 2016

After five years of ongoing negotiations, the European Union Regulatory Committee on Organic Production has voted on March 2nd on the expansion of the current scope of the Canada-EU Organic Equivalency Arrangement. Process products with imported ingredients certified in accordance with Canada's organic legislation will now be cover under the agreement.

USDA Financial Assistance Available to Help Organic Farmers Create Conservation Buffers

February 29, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its intent to assist organic farmers with the cost of establishing up to 20,000 acres of new conservation buffers and other practices on and near farms that produce organic crops. 

Organic checkoff proposal takes novel approach

February 29, 2016

When it comes to checkoffs, the proposed organic one isn’t just the new kid on the block. It’s more like the alien who landed in the middle of the block.

USDA adds insurance options for transitional organic crops

February 19, 2016

Growers in the three-year transition period from conventional to organic production methods have new crop insurance options from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Organic ag ready for its close up

February 18, 2016
Once clad in a tie-dyed T-shirt, organic agriculture is getting fitted for a business suit. This is not an overnight phenomenon, of course, but a gradual transformation over the past 30 years or so. 

Interest in organic farming swells, state Ag Dept. seeks more inspectors to keep up

February 9, 2016

Interest in organic farming is ballooning in Idaho, to the point that the state Department of Agriculture is seeking to up its staffing from three inspectors to five, with one of them coming on board right away. “We don’t have much choice – we had to get going on it,” said state Ag Director Celia Gould. “It’s a big deal.”