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Washington, D.C.—More organic farmers and handlers will soon be exempt from paying for the marketing and research of conventional agricultural products, due to a new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The collective savings involved for organic stakeholders may amount to $13.6 million annually, according to USDA estimates.

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A newly available Web domain is beginning to be adopted by organic groups and companies. Global registry services provider Afilias made .organic available as an alternative to common domains like .com or .org back in August of 2014. It is only available to companies that sell at least some certified organic products, or are legitimate players in the organic industry. A survey commissioned by Afilias shows the public may actually value this distinction being made when visiting Web sites.

Chicago, IL—Generation Z (includes ages 0–23) and Millennials (ages 24–37) are the primary groups behind a recent rise in consumption of fresh foods, according to new market research from NPD Group. Fresh food, including fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and eggs, has become more popular over the last 10 years, driven by interest from young consumers.

organic food

Washington, D.C.—More organic farmers and handlers will soon be exempt from paying for the marketing and research of conventional agricultural products, due to a new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The collective savings involved for organic stakeholders may amount to $13.6 million annually, according to USDA estimates.

Running a retail food store is a young person’s gig. Lots of heavy bags and boxes to move around, staying active all day, relatively low pay. The generation now coming through your doors to apply for work is digital native; wired differently than baby-boomers. How can you relate? How do you inspire folks used to operating at the speed of light when the job requires meticulously facing shelves?

Lima, Peru—The latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations, held here, wrapped up in mid-December, and resulted in agreements many hailed as weak. Meanwhile, the latest numbers confirm carbon emissions are still rising, driven by the industrialization of countries like China.