March 21, 2014
U.S. Organic Industry Is Growing, New Farm Bill Offers Support, USDA Says
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released new figures that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with move than 25,000 certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world. Through the Agricultural Marketing Service’s National Organic Program, USDA has helped an additional 763 producers become certified organic in 2013, an increase of 4.2 percent from the previous year. The industry today encompasses a record-breaking 18,513 certified organic farms and businesses in the United States alone, representing a 245 percent increase since 2002. The 2013 list of certified USDA organic operations shows an increased rate of domestic growth within the industry, resuming previous trends. “Consumer demand for organic products has grown exponentially over the past decade. With retail sales valued at $35 billion last year, the organic industry represents a tremendous economic opportunity for farmers, ranchers and rural communities,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. […]
September 14, 2017
Hydroponic and Aquaponics Growers Face Possible Loss of Organic Certification
The National Organic Standards Board is considering recommending that USDA revoke the ability for hydroponic, aquaponic, aeroponic, and other container-based growing methods to be certified organic, according to an update from growers at Upstart University.
August 17, 2016
New Organic Mycoinsecticide From BioWorks Now Registered In Every State
BioWorks’ Mycotrol can be used to manage whitefly, thrips, aphids, and other insects in greenhouses and nurseries.
June 13, 2015
UMASS Fertilizer Trials Recommend Nature’s Source Organic Plant Food 3-1-1
In a recent online fact-sheet at its Extension website, the UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment lists Nature’s Source Organic Plant Food 3-1-1 as “the best liquid organic fertilizer,” according to Dr. Douglas Cox, Stockbridge School of Agriculture. It is called-out by the Extension after a number of years of studying the use of organic fertilizers for growing commercial greenhouse crops. The trials evaluated traditional water soluble and granular slow-release chemical fertilizers. Dr. Cox recommends Nature’s Source Organic Plant Food 3-1-1 as a liquid fertilizer that is readily available, cost effective, OMRI-listed and with good label directions for greenhouses. He also mentions the ease-of-use in how it mixes well with water and can pass fertilizer injectors. “Nature’s Source is currently the best liquid organic fertilizer,” Cox wrote in his article “Organic Fertilizers – Thoughts on Using Liquid Organic Fertilizers for Greenhouse Plants,” “I have seen no foliar chlorosis yet with this fertilizer. Nature’s source is widely available and a great […]
April 1, 2014
The Circle Fresh Institute Wants To Train The Next Generation Of Growers
The newly established non-profit Circle Fresh Institute will offer anyone the opportunity to learn commercial organic production practices.
April 1, 2014
Circle Fresh Farms Aims To Deliver Local Produce To Consumers Nationwide
In the last three years, Circle Fresh Farms has built its growing network to 20 acres of greenhouse space, serving up local, organic, hydroponic vegetables to high-end grocers like Whole Foods and upscale restaurants in Colorado. Circle Fresh Farms is well on its way toward fulfilling an ambitious expansion plan, to supply local markets in cities nationwide.