Despite heavy damage from an April 20 fire, there are still signs of activity at the Organic Valley creamery in McMinnville.
CORRALITOS, Calif. — Lonely Mountain Farm was named after J.R.R. Tolkien’s "Hobbit" story. These days, the “riches” in the story have morphed into organic crops.
The produce supply chain is an ensemble of parts and people working in concert to bring food to consumers’ tables. Following a lowly spinach bunch, in Lot No. 8525, opened a window into this c…
USDA’s delay in implementation and ultimate withdrawal of the rule has been in court since 2017.
Founded in 2014, Lazarus Naturals' corporate headquarters are located in Seattle, and the company manufactures its products in Portland. In an effort to become vertically integrated, the compa…
Demand jumped by near-record levels in almost every organic food aisle in 2020, increasing U.S. organic food sales a record 12.8% to a new high of $56.4 billion.
SANDPOINT, Idaho — Bite into a crisp, crimson-cloaked Strawberry Parfait apple and you’ll find just that — hints of strawberry flavor and flesh the color of strawberries in cream. With complex…
U.S. organic exports to Mexico must be certified to Mexico’s domestic standards by Dec. 31.
The rule clarifies that dairy animals cannot be recycled in and out of organic production.
No-till farming reduces soil erosion and improves soil, air and water quality compared to conventional farming, but advocates say the time and cost involved in switching are hurdles for grower…
Scientists say dung beetles are effective at suppressing human and livestock pathogens, promoting food safety, reducing fly populations and improving soil health.
Farmers market season kicked off in Bend on Wednesday with the opening of the downtown Bend Farmers Market.
The Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act requires USDA to advance and implement recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board in a timely manner and t…
Each year, vegetable farmer Shay Myers hires hundreds of workers to plant, weed and harvest approximately 4,000 acres of produce in Nyssa, Ore.
McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Firefighters brought a three-alarm fire under control April 20 at the Organic Valley Creamery in McMinnville.
The pandemic has driven record sales and interest in organic food — and that momentum isn't yet slowing.
SAUVIE ISLAND, Ore. — Marketing Director Sofia Kondilis describes Bella Organic as “the full package.” The 100-acre organic farm offers everything from U-pick, hay rides, events, food, and tas…
Pacific Northwest radicchio growers asked themselves how forming a new association might help them harness growing enthusiasm for their crop, educate farmers and reach customers who don't yet …
The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule included new standards for raising, transporting and slaughtering animals.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — USDA on Wednesday announced it has a new plan — called Pandemic Assistance for Producers — to provide farmers with financial aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organic Valley, a farmer-owned dairy cooperative and organic food brand, will offer loans to farmers interested in investing in renewable energy and energy efficiencies starting April 1.
Lil’ Starts first began in 2013. The farm sells at farmers markets, through their Community Supported Agriculture program and directly to restaurants.
Grains Week, May 3-7, is hosted by the Culinary Breeding Network, Washington State University's Food Systems Program, Oregon State University, Cornell University, University of Wisconsin-Madis…
CORVALLIS, Ore. — An Oregon State University researcher, in partnership with area hazelnut and blueberry growers, is testing a novel means of killing weeds — he’s zapping them with high-voltag…
EUGENE, Ore. — Starting April 3, the Lane County Farmers Market is moving to a temporary space a few blocks from its historic location while constructing a new long-term venue that will eventu…
A nexus for producers and consumers
Last year, Viewpoint Aerial Agriculture partnered with Parabug, a California company that specializes in using drones to airdrop insects into fields that can help farmers combat crop-munching …
Deep Harvest Farm carries over 120 varieties of certified organic, open-pollinated and non-GMO vegetable and flower seed on its 10 acres spread across three isolation plots.
At Siskiyou Seeds in Southern Oregon, owner Don Tipping said they don’t actually grow seeds, “We grow people.”
ALBANY, Ore. — Virginia Herrera trudged downhill through muddy divots left by tractor tires. To her right, her husband, Zenon Ramirez, was perched atop a ladder covering a greenhouse frame wit…
Experts say better soil health will in the future drive increases in crop yields as much as advances like new seed hybrids and fertilizers. And making sure soil stays healthy bodes well for a …
MONMOUTH, Ore. — A farmer-owned organic dairy cooperative is experimenting with satellite technology to improve rotational pasture grazing.
Pacific Northwest farmers are forming an association to promote the little-known vegetable.
Organic avocado and citrus grower Will Brokaw says he is glad to see 2020 gone, but concerns remain.
CORBETT, Ore. — Friends of Family Farmers has announced that its executive director, Shari Sirkin, no longer holds that position and the organization is seeking new leadership.
The growth in organic produce sales at retail outpaced increases in conventional produce sales in 2020.
The Capital Press asked several farmers and ranchers to imagine they were sitting across a table from Biden. What would they tell the new president, if given that chance?
African refugees have started farm businesses near Portland in recent years that are growing in popularity and profit.
A new survey found that COVID-19 dramatically altered how people in Oregon's Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties eat and think about food.
McMINNVILLE, Ore. — Organic Valley, a farmer-owned dairy cooperative and organic food brand, has added a fat-free variety of milk to its grass-fed product line.
Not only can visitors “attend” the show from the comfort of their computer, laptop or smart phone, they can do it anytime of the day or night — and it’s free of charge.
In the aftermath of massive fires, S. Oregon faces a human, and economic, tragedy
The Washington State Department of Agriculture has issued a rare statewide stop order for an organic soil amendment. "It is rare to find a material approved for organic use that contains ingr…
Sales at Annie's Homegrown are hopping.
A nine-week program celebrates winter vegetables that might need a little extra push, including brussels sprouts, cauliflower and winter squash. People might say, "I don't like radicchio," org…
More and more people understand organic farming and seek out flowers and other crops grown with organic practices.
California farmers have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of conservation programs.
COOS BAY, Ore. — River Bend Jerseys, an organic dairy farm with 150 cows in Coos County, just welcomed two new workers to the farm — a pair of milking robots.
The organic industry is most interested in funding research to increase domestic supply.
The co-op's move is significant to its farm members, many of whom were already producing some organic milk and can now sell it through Darigold rather than only through outside co-pack partners.
Knobby potatoes. Scratched bell peppers. Cat-faced strawberries.
PORTLAND — The produce section at New Seasons Market in Portland was bustling on a weekday afternoon. Customers were filling carts and handbaskets with organic produce.
The survey found 18% of organic farms sold direct to consumers in 2019.
Organic crops again took the lion’s share of all organic sales in 2019. At $5.8 billion, those crop sales were 58% of the $9.9 billion in all organic sales, according to USDA’s latest organic survey.
The number of certified organic farms in the U.S. in 2019 was 16,585, up 17% from the last USDA organic survey in 2016.