A three-day gathering of the organic food community, including food processors and distributors, farmers, retailers, researchers, educators, chefs and policy activists. A robust agenda of educational intensives, dynamic workshops, networking and a trade show will feature informed and inspiring information and the latest scientific findings. Experts Andrew Kimbrell, Jim Hightower and Stephen Jones, Ph.D, will deliver insightful and engaging keynotes. Organicology is the only gathering of its kind that provides an in-depth, educational and interactive appraisal of a sustainable food future across the organic sector, including the impact of climate change on agriculture, news and views on the Farm Bill currently before Congress and the '50 Year Farm Bill' being advocated by leaders in the sustainable agriculture community.
Farms must begin reporting air releases of hazardous substances from animal wastes
Beginning November 15, 2017, many livestock, poultry and equine farms must comply with reporting requirements under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) section 103. The law requires entities to report releases of hazardous substances above a certain threshold that occur within a 24-hour period. Farms have historically been exempt from most reporting under CERCLA, but in the spring of 2017 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the...
Fish Farm Diseases Preventable With Chemical-Free UV Treatment
PASTURELLA SKYENSIS Today, BBC News unearthed an account where a company in Scotland lost around 125,000 salmon due to an outbreak of the bacterium Pasturella Skyensis. With high concentrations of salmon living in each cage at farms and hatcheries, diseases and bacteria, like Pasturella Skyensis, spread quickly and can have disastrous effects on the site and to the business as a whole. IS THERE A SOLUTION? Pasturella Skyensis in particular was only recently discovered in 2002 and, with no vaccine currently...
Webinar will address advantages and limitations of LLCs in agriculture
On Wednesday, August 16, at 12 noon (ET), the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium presents a free webinar, “Using LLCs in Agriculture: Beyond Liability Protection.” Since every state statutorily authorized the Limited Liability Company (LLC) as a business structure, the LLC has become a popular entity choice for farm businesses. But while often touted as a silver bullet for liability protection, the LLC is limited in its ability to shield a business from liability. Conversely, the LLC provides...
Black Worm Castings/VermaPlex Can Replace Harmful Chemical Fertilizers
Whether you have a farm or home garden, the health of the soil directly correlates to the quality of the fruit and vegetables. The healthy soil movement is centered around bringing attention to the fact that fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are killing our soil and seeping into our food supply. Our soil is depleted of essential nutrients, fungi and bacteria due to decades of agricultural abuse. “Although the United States has some of the richest soils in the world, decades of agricultural abuse have...
Europe can improve decision making by better monitoring of agriculture
The greening and cross-compliance measures that have been introduced in Europe`s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) pose challenges to policy evaluators. Policy makers lack good data to monitor if their measures are effective and efficient. In a large pilot a consortium of researchers with 1,100 farmers from nine European countries have showed that it is possible to collect indicators on sustainability and other new relevant issues such as innovation. This FLINT project proposes to change the current Farm Accountancy...