August Milk Production up 1.9 Percent

Milk production in the 23 major States during August totaled 16.7 billion pounds, up 1.9 percent from August 2015. July revised production, at 16.9 billion pounds, was up 1.7 percent from July 2015. The July revision represented an increase of 48 million pounds or 0.3 percent from last month’s preliminary production estimate. Production per cow[…]

USDA REPORTS California Continues to Dominate Organic Sales with $2.4 Billion of $6.2 Billion

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of the 2015 Certified Organic Survey, which show that 12,818 certified organic farms in the United States sold a total of $6.2 billion in organic products in 2015, up 13 percent from $5.5 billion in 2014.[…]

Eco-friendly consumers drive organic and local food sales

Factors like quality, price, availability and recommendations from family and friends continue to be stronger drivers of consumers’ purchase decisions. But green and eco-friendly attributes beat out other purchase factors in the report, such as a strong brand name, packaging or whether the brand supports the local community. Manufacturers recognize the importance of eco-friendly products[…]