Organic Farm sued by US

The United States of America v. Miller’s Organic Farm and Amos Miller On June 28 an American court will once again address the question of whether there is a legal distinction between the public and private distribution of food. To this point no judge in this country has held that there is a distinction. The[…]

Latest USDA Milk Production

Lots of milk – need more organic May Milk Production up 1.2 Percent Milk production in the 23 major States during May totaled 17.5 billion pounds, up 1.2 percent from May 2015. April revised production, at 16.8 billion pounds, was up 1.1 percent from April 2015. The April revision represented a decrease of 13 million[…]

Farming & Foodservice

Family farms are disappearing, even as restaurants look to source better ingredients. Can agriculture and foodservice help save each other? In the last five years, food-sourcing issues like traceability, sustainability, and quality have moved from the periphery of foodservice operations to the white-hot center. Fast-food titans like McDonald’s have pledged to source better ingredients, while[…]

Medical Foods

The food and beverage industry has been recently delving into “medical foods,” and foods that are formulated to meet the specific needs of patients, such as those with cancer. Medical foods are the delivery mechanism for medical treatment. Medical foods ” … feature distinctive nutritional requirements, based on scientific principles …” which is a partial definition developed by the FDA.

U.S. organic cheese sales up 15%

U.S. organic cheese sales grew about 15 percent last year to reach an estimated $570 million, according to a new market report from Packaged Facts, a division of MarketResearch.com. The report said the organic cheese segment grew by a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.5 percent between 2012 and 2015, and expects it to “continue to outperform the[…]

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USDA Announces Cost-Share Program with Organic Certification

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today that approximately $11.6 million is available through state departments of agriculture to make organic certification more affordable for organic producers and handlers across the country. “The organic market is booming, with more and more producers taking advantage of[…]