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Carol Ryan Dumas

OTA continues efforts for organic checkoff

Down but not defeated after the USDA nixed an official organic research and promotion program, the Organic Trade Association is forging ahead with efforts to establish

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USDA: Small farms bear greater food safety costs

Complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act will consume a much larger chunk of small farmers’ revenues compared with their larger counterparts, according to USDA.

WSDA eyes new organic fees, logo

OLYMPIA — Washington’s organic fees and logo are due for an overhaul, according to the state Department of Agriculture. The department is in the early

USDA axes organic checkoff proposal

USDA has terminated a proposed rule to establish a national research and promotion program for organic products, citing a “split within the industry in terms

USDA conducting ag census followup calls

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has begun in-person and telephone followup with producers who have not yet submitted a 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire.

USDA withdraws organic livestock rule

USDA on Monday announced it is withdrawing the beleaguered Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published in January 2017, citing significant policy and legal

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