Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know
To Fight Fraud, California Reverses Organic Reporting Requirements
Source: Sustainable Food News
California rolled out new organic regulations last year in an effort to streamline processes for the state's 2,700 organic farmers, who contribute 40 percent to the nation's $40 billion organic food market.
The regulations, enacted Jan. 1, 2017, under the California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA), the first update to the state's organic program in more than a decade, reduced the amount of information from organic operations required to register with the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) State Organic Program (SOP).
Preparing for the 2017 Census of Agriculture: What to Expect
Preparing for the census is sort of like preparing for tax season. You will need basic farm or ranch information like acreage, how the land is used, breakdowns of income, expenditures, inventory, products used, farm labor, etc. Financial ledgers or whatever system you use for bookkeeping is essential. Items like weight slips, check stubs, bank statements, etc. may all come in handy.
Kickoff Expo West at OFRF’s 21st Annual Benefit Luncheon, Thursday, March 8, 2018
Planning to attend Expo West this year? Don’t miss the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s delicious all-organic feast and benefit for organic farming research. Prepared by celebrity chefs Donna Prizgintas and Chris Blobaum, with assistance from chef Beth Miller, this luncheon is one of the best opportunities to network with organic industry leaders while in Anaheim.
Organics Deemed 'Best Prospect' for U.S. Exporters in Major EU Market
Source: Sustainable Food News
Organics is one of six food products representing the "best prospects" for U.S. business, according to the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the American Embassy in Paris.
The satellite USDA branch has released a new report revealing that just 29 percent of organic products consumed in France are imported and mainly consist of exotic produce, fruits and vegetables, soy, and a variety of grocery products, as well as fruit juices and seafood.
Kroger's Simple Truth Brand Reaches $2 Billion in Annual Sales
The Simple Truth brand now offers more than 1,400 unique products across multiple categories, including grocery, meat, produce, deli, bakery, baby, household essentials, personal care and Fair Trade Certified. With the help of 84.51° insights, Simple Truth® will continue to innovate and introduce new items in 2018 that align with customer trends and are always affordable.
"It’s important to speak out with accurate information so that farmers and consumers have a clear perspective on organic policy and production."
Former Deputy Administrator, AMS, USDA
Food Hubs are sprouting up across the country, assisting local producers to get product to nearby cities and towns. Traditionally defined as an organization that coordinates production, marketing and distribution of fresh, local food from regional producers, food hubs are designed to improve a local food system.Read More
By Melody Meyer
The end of January heralds the annual EcoFarm conference at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA It’s an earthy venue attended by deep-rooted farmers, earnest advocates and practical teachers- gathering all for the love of organic and sustainable agriculture.Read More
The Peruvian organic mango season is in full swing after cooler weather led to a late start. Overall organic production in the region is up, and the cooler weather that slowed the crops maturity rates at the season’s onset, is expected to contribute to one large, quick peak rather than a prolonged wave of volume.Read More
David Maislen did not foresee spending his retirement as a beekeeper; he was interested in growing organic fruit. He had an acre of land in La Habra Heights, California where he tended a bounty of over 50 kinds of fruit, avocados and macadamia nuts.Read More