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Your Organic Meat Might Not Actually Be Organic

March/April 2020 – By Amelia Pang, Mother Jones – If you’ve ever bought organic meat, you’ve noticed the hefty price tag: An organic chicken can cost more than twice a conventional one. For some shoppers, that upcharge is worth it—the circular green and white “USDA Organic” label guarantees that the meat comes from an animal

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40-Year-old organic farming organization changes leadership

August 18, 2020 – By NOFA, The Landmark – In 1982, the Massachusetts Chapter of the then Natural Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) was born. At that time, it was one of four New England state chapters of the organization, whose purpose was to educate aspiring organic farmers on best practices and to provide a network

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Organic veteran likes the results of his labor

July 17, 2020 – By Dick Hagen, The Land – Riding in the passenger seat of Dennis Lutteke’s John Deere 9620 was a delightfully comfortable environment for my interview with the 25-year certified organic farmer. Lutteke was pulling an eight-row, JD cultivator (30-inch rows) in his field a few miles north of Wells, Minn. More

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Cover crops support arthropod predator activity with variable effects on crop damage during transition to organic management

July 16, 2020 – By Ariel Rivers et al., Biological Control – Predatory arthropod activity-density, richness, and the relative predation index increased by the third year of organic management in rolled hairy vetch-triticale. More links Cover crops support arthropod predator activity with variable effects on crop damage during transition to organic management

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Food Companies Step Up Funding for Organic Farming Research

July 13, 2020 – By Meg Wilcox, Civil Eats – For almost 20 years, Stephen Jones developed wheat varieties for white commodity wheat flour, but he never liked it much. So when the Washington State University (WSU) researcher was offered the chance to move to Washington’s Skagit Valley 10 years ago, he gladly shifted gears.

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Amish farm brings ‘U-Pick’ strawberries to Hodgdon

July 7, 2020 – By Alexander MacDougall, The County – On a quiet stretch of farmland along Lincoln Road in Hodgdon, Jethro Yoder hopes his family’s farm can help usher in a new wave of organic produce in Aroostook County. More links Amish farm brings ‘U-Pick’ strawberries to Hodgdon

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Organic fresh produce sales see exceptional growth

June 18, 2020 – The Produce News – Total organic fresh produce sales and volume continue their double-digit growth over last year, with May sales and volume increasing 16 percent from the same period in 2019, according to the May 2020 Organic Produce Performance Report released exclusively by the Organic Produce Network and Category Partners.

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