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.
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.
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.
As the several year-old drought in California wears on with no end in sight, the state’s agriculture industry is scrambling for answers. Perhaps the hardest hit sector is organic dairy, where regulations make it harder to maintain business as usual through a severe lack of rainfall.
Washington, D.C.—The needed money has begun to arrive in the search for non-toxic, organic ways to defeat citrus greening, the disease that has threatened to overwhelm the citrus industry. The Organic Center, based here, announced the success of its first-ever crowdfunding campaign, designed to drum up funds for its previously announced three-year study on citrus greening.
A major fixture in the gluten-free community, the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), turns 40 this year. Its efforts to serve, inform and connect those who follow a gluten-free diet are rapidly expanding, including the continued rise of its product certification program known as the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).