organic farming News

  • Transitioning to organic farming

    As the organic food trend continues to grow; more farmers are converting from conventional agriculture to organic production. One of the fastest growing markets in the U.S. is the production of organic milk. The growth of this industry has prompted many farmers to transition their land to organic feed grain production. With transition on the rise, it is necessary for these farmers to have ...

  • The future of subsidy payments for organic farming

    Despite the current economic situation, organic farming is a growth sector in the EU. A recent EU-funded study suggests support payments from the amended 2003 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for organic farming will continue to play an important role in Western European countries and will become increasingly significant in new Member States. Organic farming methods meet many of the environmental ...

  • Organic farming profitable long-term

    Organic farming is known to be environmentally sustainable, but can it be economically sustainable, as well? The answer is yes, according to new research in the Sept.-Oct. issue of the Agronomy Journal. In an analysis of 18 years of crop yield and farm management data from a long-term University of Minnesota trial, an organic crop rotation was consistently more profitable and carried less risk of ...

  • Organic Farming not Necessarily Best for Environment

    Speaking to The Guardian this week, Lord Krebs, an advisor to ministers on how to adapt to climate change, described how organic farming could actually be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, due to the greater land use required and the methods implemented. Speaking to the Oxford Farming Conference he suggested that agricultural methods known as ‘no till’, which ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • USSEC Emphasizes In Pond Raceway System Application in Vietnam

    Vietnam’s aquaculture industry is currently facing several natural resource issues such as water and energy, as well as environmental issues, including fishpond effluent treatment. These problems hold back the country’s aquaculture industry development. USSEC Vietnam emphasizes In Pond Raceway System (IPRS) technology to promote profitable and sustainable pond aquaculture production. ...

  • Switch to organic farming may boost yields and incomes

    Switching to organic and resource-conserving methods of farming can improve smallholder crop yields, food security and income, a review study has found. But a more-extensive evidence base founded on rigorous and consistent ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Achieving a sustainable food system with organic farming

    Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service (www.worldwatch.org). Regions with the largest certified organic agricultural land in 2010 were Oceania, including ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Soil Association responds to David King`s attack on organic farming

    Peter Melchett, Soil Association Policy Director, responds to David King's attack on organic farming in his inaugural speech as President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science 'To blame the Soil Association or UK consumers of organic food for the decades of hunger and starvation in Africa, including the current terrible suffering of people in a country like Zimbabwe, as Sir ...


    By Soil Association

  • UN report confirms organic farming can protect soils

    Organic agriculture can contribute to delivering global food security, help tackle climate change, protect soils and conserve wildlife. So recognises a four year study involving 400 scientists from around the world as well as 30 governments and the same number of NGOs. The International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report criticises industrial ...


    By Soil Association

  • Hudson Valley organic farm produces seeds largely by hand

    Drying corn stalks wilt in late summer sun as Ken Greene tours his crops. Calendula flowers are past bloom and brown. Melon leaves lay crinkled by the dirt. Plants have, literally, gone to seed. A perfect picture for an organic seed harvest. "It looks like hell now, but it's actually good for the seeds," said Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. The small business 70 miles ...


    By Associated Press

  • Historic Farm Bill Funding Available to Organic Producers and Handlers

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers. "Consumer demand for organic products is surging across the country," said Secretary Tom Vilsack. "To meet this demand, we need to ...

  • Converted Organics Announces New TerraSphere Licensee, Eco-Leaf Farms

    BOSTON, July 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Converted Organics Inc. (Nasdaq:COIN) announced today that TerraSphere Systems, LLC continues to build momentum with its vertical farming business by signing a new licensee for the Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova ...


    By Converted Organics Inc.

  • Launch of the publication Mountain Farming is Family farming

    Launched today at the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations in NYC, the publication represents a contribution from mountain areas to the upcoming UN International Year of Family Farming 2014. Within its 7 chapters and 25 case studies from around the world, it gives an overview of the challenges and opportunities currently faced by mountain people and the strategies they have ...

  • Organic Transitions Program (ORG)

    The overall goal of the Organic Transitions Program (ORG) is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. In FY 2010, ORG will focus on environmental services provided by organic farming systems that support soil ...

  • Is Vertical Farming Here to Stay?

    Farmers growing vertically, in a warehouse, say they can grow 100 times more greens per square foot than traditional farms. Videos and articles are popping up everywhere about new vertical farms opening. An article from Business Insider features a new farm called ...


    By Dosatron International Inc.

  • Drones on the Farm: What Are the Laws?

     – popularity, before you launch a drone over your crops to gauge field conditions, be aware that doing so could result in a hefty fine from the Federal Aviation Administration. So says Peggy Hall, assistant professor and Ohio State University Extension field specialist in agricultural and resource law. Hall said that while the technology is available for farmers and growers to utilize ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Farming and knowledge monocultures are misconceived

    Food needs can be met with a new vision for agriculture and science, say Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas. In mainstream policy and corporate thinking, scientific knowledge and global markets are considered key for food ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • The Atlantic Salmon Federation and Other Conservation Organizations Question Closed Containment Salmon Farming Report

    Wild salmon advocates from Canada’s east and west coasts, including the Atlantic Salmon Federation, welcome the tabling of the long-awaited Fisheries and Oceans Standing Committee Report on Closed Containment technology. The report has the potential to help foster change in Canada’s salmon aquaculture industry and offer much-needed protection for Canada’s wild salmon, coastal fisheries and the ...


  • Converted Organics is Growing Up: Company Announces the Acquisition of Vertical Farming Pioneer, TerraSphere Systems

    BOSTON, Mass., Nov., 2010-- Converted Organics Inc., (Nasdaq:COIN) announced today that the Company has closed on the acquisition of 95% of the membership interests in TerraSphere Systems, LLC, a rapidly growing pioneer in the vertical farming market. Converted Organics Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire TerraSphere Systems, LLC on July 6, 2010. This acquisition was approved by Converted ...


    By Converted Organics Inc.

  • Home town farms: affordable, nutritious, locally grown organic vegetables and berries for schools and our communities

    With rising food costs and a bad economy, it is not easy for parents or schools to provide affordable nutritious meals, but as the incidence of childhood obesity continues to rise it is important that we try.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said a record 40 million Americans, or 1 in 8, may not be able to eat without government assistance. In addition to rising food ...


    By 3BL Media

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