Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know
1. OFRF Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Grant Cycle
OFRF is pleased to release its Request for Proposals for 2018 research grants. Farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel are encouraged to appy for funding.
Learn more here.
2. Tri-Societies Annual Meeting
More than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students are scheduled to attend this annual meeting, which is being held October 22-25, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. It’s an important opportunity to hear the latest research, meet and learn from peers, and take advantage of networking opportunities.
3. Organic Farming Stores More Carbon in soil by 26%
A new study shows that organic farms have 26 percent more greater potential for long-term carbon storage, and 13 percent higher soil organic matter, than conventional farms. The new study was conducted by researchers with the National Soil Project at Boston's Northeastern University in collaboration with The Organic Center (TOC), a nonprofit educational and research group managed by the Washington, D.C.-based Organic Trade Association (OTA).
TOC said the study is the first to provide an "accurate picture of the long-term soil carbon storage on organic versus conventional farms throughout the U.S."
Read more here.
4. OFRF Outlines Research Priorities with NIFA
Recently, OFRF’s Policy Associate and Research Director sat down with Dr. Mat Ngouajio and Dr. Steve Smith, National Program Leaders at NIFA to discuss the Organic Transitions Program (ORG). A small but important organic research program, ORG focuses on supporting the development and implementation of research, extension, and more recently, education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are newly adopting organic practices.
5. Consumer Food Fears
Clean. Free-from. Natural. Organic. Non-GMO. These marketing buzzwords featured on product packaging communicate to consumers that the products are healthful and better for the environment. Today's shoppers often rely on these claims more than nutrient content.
"Organic is one of those quality food products that America produces. It has certain production practices that resonate with consumers and they feel good about it."
- Miles McEvoy
By Melody Meyer
OPN recently caught up with Natalie Soghomonian, Vice President and Director of Farming Operations at Three Sisters Organic, a third generation producer of organic grapes and raisins in Fresno, California.Read More
Costco Sponsoring "Meet the Farmer" At Organic Grower Summit 2017; Exhibit Area Sold-Out for First Ever Event
The largest retailer of organic food sales in the United States announced their commitment to participating in the inaugural Organic Grower Summit (OGS) this coming December 13-14, in Monterey, CA. Costco, with annual fresh produce sales of $4 billion, will sponsor a half-day event providing certified organic farmers and growers the opportunity to meet with Costco buyers.Read More
In a seemingly perpetual demand-exceeds-supply category, it appears retailers across the country will have plenty of opportunities to promote organic apples this season.Read More
Article Source: Food Safety News
The USDA’s National Organic Program will have new leadership as of October when Miles McEvoy steps down after eight years at the helm.Read More