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Organic Survey: Certified Organic Acreage in California Tops 1 Million Acres; Sales Approach $3 Billion

Results of the newly released 2016 Certified Organic Survey provide numerous indicators of organic’s continuing growth trajectory in the United States.
 

OTA Accepting Comments on GRO Organic Initiative

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is now accepting comments on the GRO Organic initiative. Generate Results and Opportunity for Organic (GRO Organic) is a private-sector initiative for a voluntary industry-invested organic research, promotion, and education check-off like program.

Practical Nitrogen Management Training for Organic Vegetable and Strawberry Growers

As regional agricultural orders mandate more rigorous nutrient and irrigation management, fine-tuning nitrogen applications is an increasingly important skill for organic growers.

To help address this challenge, University of California Cooperative Extension specialists are offering a three-part online workshop, Practical Training on Nitrogen Management in Organic Production of Vegetables and Strawberries, which will be held the first three Tuesdays in March from 9-11 a.m.

Proposed Organic Production Systems Certificate of Special Study at CSU Fresno

The CCOF Fresno-Tulare Chapter is working with Fresno State Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology and other stakeholders to develop an Organic Production Systems Certificate of Special Study at Fresno State
 
The proposal to develop this certificate program states:
 
Over the past several years there has been considerable interest in exp

Rhyne Cureton to Speak at "We Are Organic" Dinner

Rhyne Cureton
Rhyne Cureton, a 2018 CCOF Foundation Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund recipient, has joined the agenda of speakers for the 2018 “We Are Organic” Dinner at the Organic Grower Summit on December 12 in Monterey, California.
 
Cureton was born in rural Monroe, North Carolina but ha

Starting a Specialty Foods Business Course in Santa Clara, CA

California Food Producers’ Starting a Specialty Food Business Course will cover the basics of product development, food safety, processing options, marketing, and cost analysis. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with university and industry specialists to learn the fundamentals of how to create a successful specialty food business.

Study Shows Organic Farming Reduces Nitrogen Pollution

The Organic Center released new research completed in collaboration with the University of Virginia showing that organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale. The study found that organic farming helps prevent nitrogen pollution by recycling three times more reactive nitrogen than conventional farming. 
 

Survey Seeks Input from Organic Handlers

A new research study, The Relationship between Handlers and Farmers in the Organic Sector, supported by Professor Carolyn Dimitri of New York University, requests input from certified organic handlers nationwide.
 

Survey Underway to Analyze Impact of Citrus Greening on Organic Growers

Going directly to those hurt most by the devastating citrus greening disease, researchers are asking organic citrus growers and other organic stakeholders to help them develop a holistic research program in their fight against the ruinous disease.
 
Citrus greening disease has been decimating domestic citrus in the United States over the past decade, and organic growers have been hit especially hard with few effective tools

Survey: Promoting California Grown Specialty Crops at Trade Shows

Undergraduate student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Kindra Fulton is conducting a research project on behalf of the College of Agriculture. The project focuses on promoting California grown specialty crops at trade shows. Fulton was born and raised in Salinas, California with deep ties in and a passion for the agriculture industry. 
 
Fulton has created a five-minute survey and is searching for respondents.

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