The AMS National Organic Program (NOP) has allocated approximately $11.9 million to participating state departments of agriculture to help defray the costs of organic certification incurred by organic producers and processors. Reimbursements to organic operations will be made… MORE
By Elizabeth CrawfordElizabeth Crawford, 13-May-2015 It’s official: The Organic Trade Association and the GRO Organic Core Committee submitted to the USDA May 12 a petition to launch an organic check-off campaign that, if approved, could raise more than $30 million annually to promote and support… MORE
Hormel Foods buys Applegate for $775m: 'A growing number of consumers are choosing natural and organic products'
By Elaine Watson+Elaine WATSON, 26-May-2015 Hot on the heels of ConAgra Foods' acquisition of natural and organic frozen meal maker Blake's, fellow CPG giant Hormel Foods has parted with $775m to buy Applegate, the #1 brand in the natural and organic value-added prepared meats category.… MORE
The Organic Trade Association (OTA), has officially petitioned the USDA for a check-off program that could raise $30 million a year for research and promotion. The OTA represents over 8000 organic businesses. OTA has been working on the plan for over 3 years and have formally presented their program… MORE
In April of 2015 the National Organic Standards Board recommendation to the Department of Agriculture was that hydroponics should be banned from receiving the organic certification. The NOSB recommendation comes from the fact that nutrients need to be added to the water. Their claim is the required… MORE