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U.S. Organic Food sales up 11%

By: Organic Assistant Staff, September 23, 2015
The Organic Trade Association along with Nutrition Business Journal reported retail organic food sales have increased 11.2% in 2014. Organic fruits and vegetable sales are up 11.7% and represent 36%of all organic food sales. Washington State’s organic apples grown in the 2013-14 seasons had… MORE

USDA announces more price options, elections for organic producers

By: Organic Assistant Staff, September 16, 2015
USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced that it would offer expanded price options and elections on organic crops in 2016, helping organic producers purchase higher crop insurance policies. According to RMA, increasing the number of crops with organic price premiums and expanding the contract… MORE

Flowers Foods buys Arizona Bread Company

By: Organic Assistant Staff, September 16, 2015
Flowers Foods, Inc. of Thomasville is buying another bread company. They are purchasing family owned certified organic bread producer Alpine Valley Bread Company for $120 million in cash and stock.  If you recall we reported that Flowers Foods purchased Dave’s Killer Bread for $275… MORE

Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force Members

By: Organic Assistant Staff, September 10, 2015
The National Organic Program (NOP) announced the appointment of 16 members to a task force to explore hydroponic and aquaponic production practices and their alignment with USDA organic regulations.   The appointed members are Will Allen, Milwaukee, Wis.; Colin Archipley, Esondido,… MORE

Production growth for certified organic mushrooms

By: Organic Assistant Staff, September 10, 2015
Total volume of the US 2014-2015 mushroom crop amounted to 953 million pounds. This is a 6% increase over last year. The increased volume has increased sales to $1.23 billion which is up 10% over last year. The average price has also increased 5 cents to $1.29 per pound. The Agaricus mushrooms make… MORE
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