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The organic industry is one of the fastest growing agricultural segments in the United States today. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that organic sales reached nearly $35 billion in 2012. About 25,000 farms and businesses in every U.S. region and over 100 countries around the world are certified to USDA organic regulations. … Read more

Free Farm Advocacy Webinar

Learn how to help OEFFA counter the special interest influence that large commodity groups and biotech companies have over our decision-makers and demand policies that work in the interest of the family farmers who feed us every day while protecting our air, water, and soil. The “Advocacy: What, Why, and How,” webinar will start on … Read more

Cast a Wide Net When Selling Organics

Sage Creations Organic Farm based in Palisade, Colorado wholesales nationally more than 40 varieties from nine-acre farm markets a host of value-added products, including lavender wreaths and lavender-derived aromatherapy and bath and body oils. Lavender is one of the farm’s mainstays. She also raises sweet cherries, herbs and heirloom vegetables and offers farm and garden … Read more

Fortified Against Blindness

Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children. It also increases the risk of disease and death from severe infections, according to the World Health Organization. About 250 million preschool children across the world are vitamin A deficient. Many of these live in Africa and South-Eastern Asia. Fortunately, vitamin deficiency is … Read more

Weed Warrior: Weeds Go Away

Practice prevention versus procrastination When controlling weeds in fruit and vegetable crops, maybe there’s some truth to the old adage: “An ounce of prevention causes a lot less pain.” “The best way to control weeds in a garden is to just not let them get started,” said Stuart Sutphin, an Extension agent in Danville, Virginia. … Read more