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Organic agriculture has room to grow in Idaho

Carol Ryan Dumas, Capital Press Organic food companies new to Idaho could provide future opportunities for Idaho organic growers, but growers might have to adapt to meet the companies needs. Twin Falls, Idaho — Two large organic food companies are settling into southern Idaho, bringing with them future opportunities for Idaho growers. But farmers might need …Read More

NASS launches organic agriculture survey in January

by Farm Press Staff, Total organic product sales by U.S. farms and ranches showed  substantial growth over the last few years, increasing 83 percent since 2007, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture. In January, NASS will launch its 2014 Organic Survey  to gauge increasing organic interest among consumers, producers, and businesses. To learn more about …Read More

Organic farming more drought resistant: Report

by Robert Ferris | @RobertoFerris, When it comes to groceries, “organic” and “sustainable” usually mean “expensive.” But the supposed productivity gaps between organic and conventional farming may be a lot smaller than thought—and organic farming may be especially competitive during droughts like the one currently crushing California’s massive agricultural sector. A new analysis of more than 100 …Read More

Yes, Organic Farming Can Feed the World

By Anna Lappe | Takepart.com, A few years ago, I was at a biotechnology trade meeting listening to a panel on GMOs. Throughout the two-hour session, the panelists all sang the praises of the technology—not too surprising at an industry event. At the time, the GMOs under commercial planting were limited to seeds genetically engineered …Read More

Investing in sustainable agriculture by converting farms to beyond organic

by Ellie Winninghoff, How do you profitably invest in sustainable agriculture – farms producing diverse, fairly-priced healthy food without harming the environment, but which also restore soil fertility and provide farmers with a fair living? Small farms and community supported agriculture partnerships are nice, but they are predicted in the best-case scenario to reach only …Read More

In Fort Myers, organic farming methods take root

By ANNABELLE TOMETICH – Associated Press, FORT MYERS, Fla. AP – Florida Urban Organics occupies less than an acre on the industrial outskirts of downtown Fort Myers. The farm’s neighbors include a scrap-metal recycling center and an auto body shop. A granite store sits in front of its aquaponics greenhouse. Leafy tiers of hydroponically grown …Read More

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