Amid cold, snowy weather that caused extremely difficult travel, conference attendance stayed strong for the rugged group at the Minnesota Organic Conference (MOC) —and later this week is MOSES...pack your plaid!
The Organic Certification Cost Share Program is part of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill). The program is intended to assist organic producers and handlers by offsetting costs associated with organic certification. Each state receives funding allocations and administers its own reimbursement program. A comparison table shows organic cost share disbursements for Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Have you heard of OFARM? The Organic Farmers' Agency for Relationship Marketing does many things, but it's their new videos—part of their "Organic: The Real Natural" campaign—that really show the passion, the heart, and the drive of the organic farmers...
In November, the NOP announced that it would be working to create a new, upgraded database of organic operations. A webinar was held on December 9 to share information about the project's scope and plans, and hear feedback, and the NOP has now released the slides as well as comments from participants.
If you want to hear about setting up a processing facility from someone who’s done it, you might want to attend the Organic University course taught by Jackie and Harry Hoch this February 26, 2015, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Profitable Fruit Processing is the central topic.
The first Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS) will focus on building a solid foundation for organic agriculture, in order to provide healthy food for the future in a sustainable and ecologically sound way. Researchers from all over the world will present their work at this event.
Buckley, Jenifer A. 2015. "Food safety regulation and small processing: A case study of interactions between processors and inspectors.” Food Policy 51: 74-82.
Free access to the full article until March 8, 2015.
The Organic Processing Institute is here to help you navigate a path to successful organic processing in the Midwest. We help forge links among organic farmers and processors to ensure sustainable success. Whether you are a current processor or want to become one, we can help you thrive.