SALEM — Organic farmers gathered Feb. 6 at the Oregon State Capitol to meet with legislators and push for support of an industry that annually generates $350 million in farm gate sales.
CAPAY, Calif. — Thaddeus Barsotti, who received the Organic Farmer of the Year award last December from the California Certified Organic Farmers and the Organic Produce Network, says all farme…
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. shoppers are still paying more for organic food, but the price premium is falling as organic options multiply.
For the third time in nine years, the Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Cooperative, led by Oregon State University plant breeder Jim Myers, has received a $2 million grant from the USDA.
CHEHALIS, Wash. — PND Organic Beef started life as a dairy.
SPOKANE — When it comes to leasing farmland, experienced farmers say it’s important that the ground meet as many of their needs as possible.
Washington organic farmers and ranchers with modest sales likely will pay higher fees to have their products certified by the state Department of Agriculture beginning early next year.
The Tilth Alliance wants to help more voices be heard in agriculture.
LONGVIEW, Wash. — For more than 25 years, Scott and Dixie Edwards have farmed where you don’t expect a farm.
SANDPOINT, Idaho — A new University of Idaho center devoted to organic agriculture is a new “gem” within the UI’s statewide network, the agricultural dean says.
When Chris Schreiner was first hired at Oregon Tilth in 1998, the organic food sector had only just begun its meteoric rise, with sales pegged around $3.4 billion nationwide.
The Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic will host a series of eight free webinar trainings on organic farming and soil health in the western U.S.
A ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will allow a lawsuit by the Organic Trade Association against USDA over its withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Pra…
WENATCHEE, Wash. — Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, of Wenatchee, is more than doubling its offerings of organic apples this season with the addition of Apple King to its program and more fruit fr…
Down but not defeated after the USDA nixed an official organic research and promotion program, the Organic Trade Association is forging ahead with efforts to establish a voluntary checkoff program.
The vaguely threatening letter over alleged patent infringement that Azure Farms received last year didn’t make much of an impression on David Stelzer.
The Organic Farm School on Whidbey Island, Wash., is accepting applications for an eight-month training program that will begin in March for people who aspire to own or manage a small organic farm.
WENATCHEE, Wash. — Dalton Thomas, a leader in the Washington tree fruit industry, was recognized for his “pioneering contribution” in developing U.S. fresh fruit exports to Asia at the Asiafru…
GRESHAM, Ore. — On the outskirts of this Portland suburb, a red barn and several small farm fields huddle along a gravel driveway.
Eugene, Ore. — When Daniel Walters was young and pursuing music, his grandmother told him that he needed to be a farmer. Although the concept didn’t stick then, when he was asked in his 30s by…
Lorane, Ore. — Christina del Campo said she has two babies: her two-year-old son, Quincy, and her farm, Oaksong Farm. The one-acre farm was established last year in the spring, and del Campo s…
A donated orchard in Sandpoint is the University of Idaho’s new Organic Agriculture Center.
McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Sitting face-to-face with organic dairy farmers from around the Willamette Valley, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley pledged their support for organic agric…
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — A giant brown cloud billowed from the back of a truck as a crowd of onlookers watched, some taking video as it settled into the earth.
The discontinuation of Stellar organic certification due to compliance problems with USDA has some farmers scrambling to find a replacement certifier to maintain their organic status.
Organic hazelnuts can fetch a premium price but growing them without conventional tools also leaves farmers prone to unforeseen risks, according to experts.
Until recently, managing weeds at Gathering Together Farm meant using cultivation technology circa the 1950s.
Fresno County orchard produces magical produce
FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined…
ATHOL, Idaho — A few years ago, Luke Black’s mother found an old tin in his grandfather’s barn. It was filled with wheat.
Eric Gallandt, a University of Maine weed ecologist, has unveiled several findings in recent years that could dramatically improve weed management in organic vegetable production.
OLYMPIA — Washington’s organic fees and logo are due for an overhaul, according to the state Department of Agriculture.
NEW YORK (AP) — Is paying more for organic milk, meat or a can of beans worth it?
The recent purchase of an organic chicken producer by a major meat company has prompted an organic industry watchdog to complain of unlawfully reduced competition.
Mandatory testing of cannabis in Oregon has revealed several biopesticides contaminated with more highly regulated chemicals, prompting regulators to halt sales of the products.
HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Six area farmers and their families are looking to reap the benefits of a berry once relied upon by Native Americans for medicinal purposes that has recently become a muc…
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) Authorities have arrested 40 animal rights activists who entered a Northern California organic egg farm to document alleged cruel conditions and rescue chickens.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that argued the USDA made it easier for synthetic materials to continue being used by organic farmers.
Organic food sales in the U.S. have come a long way in 20 years, growing from $3.4 billion in 1997 to $45.2 billion in 2017. Last year’s sales were up 6.4 percent year over year, well above th…
USDA has terminated a proposed rule to establish a national research and promotion program for organic products, citing a “split within the industry in terms of support” for a checkoff program.
Deck Family Farm, a small, organic livestock producer in the Mid-Willamette Valley, has started selling pasture-raised pork to a craft meat distributor based in Seattle that specializes in doo…
The National Organic Program at USDA has bolstered its control systems throughout the farm-to-market process to ensure continued consumer trust, according to the agency.
The ASPCA and Animal Welfare Institute have joined the Organic Trade Association in its lawsuit against USDA for not implementing new organic livestock standards.
A second organic potato farm in Oregon’s Klamath Basin has filed for bankruptcy, potentially pointing to tougher conditions in this niche market.
THETFORD, Vt. (AP) — Was your tomato grown in dirt or water? Organic shoppers might notice additional labels this summer that will give them the answer — and tell them whether their choices al…
EUGENE, Ore. — The growing consumer appetite for organic food has caused a chain reaction through the agriculture industry, all the way through to farm input suppliers.
The Regenerative Organic Alliance, led by the Rodale Institute, is launching a certification program focused on holistic agriculture that its sponsors say goes beyond simple sustainability.
Greek yogurt maker Chobani and energy bar manufacturer Clif Bar — both with plants in Twin Falls, Idaho — have announced large investments in innovative partnerships.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New rules, decades in the making, that would have required organic meat and egg producers to abide by stricter animal welfare standards were withdrawn by the federal go…
USDA on Monday announced it is withdrawing the beleaguered Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published in January 2017, citing significant policy and legal issues.
A U.S. Senate committee took testimony on a bill Thursday that supporters say offers a bipartisan compromise on reporting manure emissions.