1. Organic Farming with More Biodiversity Lowers Food Safety Risks
A recent article published in the Journal of Applied Ecology shows that contrary to popular perception, increased biodiversity on the farm can actually reduce risks of food-bone pathogens, and organic farming is the ticket to increasing the right kinds of insects and bacteria to suppress those pathogens.
2. NOSB Call for Nominations
USDA is seeking nominees to fill five National Organic Standards Board vacancies. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint new members for five-year terms to begin in January 2020.
3. New Director of Business Development for California Grower
Fruit World Co, a grower-shipper of organic and conventional fruit, owned and operated by third and fourth-generation family farmers CJ Buxman and Bianca Kaprielian in Reedley, CA, announced Cindy Richter has joined the company as Director of Business Development.
4. Upcoming Webinar: Citrus Greening & the Quest for an Organic Solution
Citrus Greening is a devastating disease affecting citrus around the world. It has swept through the United States, wiping out over 60% of the citrus harvest in Florida alone.
5. USDA Launches Organic Integrity Learning Center
To support the ongoing development of personnel working in organic certification and compliance and enforcement roles, the National Organic Program (NOP) has launched the Organic Integrity Learning Center.