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Early in life, Surendra Dara decided that no matter which field he chose, he needed to make an impact on it. Always interested in science, he chose agriculture and specialized in entomology.

The court upheld the Organic Trade Association’s standing in the case and could not decide whether USDA was required to consult with the National Organics Standard Board before withdrawing a r…

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To avoid fraud, the organic food industry should “think like a criminal” to identify its vulnerabilities and shore up defenses against corrupt suppliers, according to experts.

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…

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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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

OLYMPIA — Washington’s organic fees and logo are due for an overhaul, according to the state Department of Agriculture.

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…

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.