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Processors, farmers struggle with pandemic-fueled demand for locally raised meat

While this year has been extreme for meat processors across the country, it could also be seen as a heightened scenario of a growing trend. As the local food movement grows, consumers want to know where their meat comes from. Read more.


Act offers path toward climate-resilient farming

The Agriculture Resilience Act recognizes the importance of soil health and encourages farmers and ranchers to pull carbon out of the air and into their soils. The bill includes specific soil health and research goals accompanied by legislative proposals to support widespread adoption of stewardship practices to help agriculture reach its climate-mitigating potential. Read more.


Proposed rule to strengthen organic enforcement contains hits, misses; comments needed

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) released the long-awaited “Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Proposed Rule” last month. This is by far the most extensive regulatory change in organic standards since the publication of the USDA organic regulations 20 years ago. Read more.


New regenerative organic certification label launches

Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC), a new label for food, fiber, and personal care products, is now accepting applications for certification. ROC is built on USDA Organic, and only farms that have already earned USDA Organic certification or a NOP-recognized international equivalent are eligible for ROC. Read more.


Research on organic no-till makes strides with focus now on increasing yields

Researchers have been looking into best practices organic no-till since 2005. We have learned an incredible amount from these organic no-till studies, but the challenge remains to balance improving soil quality with maintaining optimal yields. Read more.


Levels of cancer-linked glyphosate in urine drop 71% after week on organic diet

Test results show levels of glyphosate dropped by 71% after just six days on an organic diet, and its main metabolite, AMPA (amino- methyl phosphonic acid) dropped by 76%. Read more.


Farmer, financial advisor share insights on organic grain transition

The most obvious reason to transition to organic is that the price of organic grains is significantly more. But price alone won’t be enough motivation for transition. Often, people will see the benefits of organic production after starting the transition, and the transition time helps them to look at farming as managing a system. Read more.



Additional Content in PDF

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  • From the ED: MOSES embraces time of ‘necessary creativity’
  • Ask a Specialist:  “Why is MOSES pushing the anti-racism social agenda?”
  • Coalition forms amid pandemic to advocate for structural change in rural U.S.
  • MOSES launches Growing Wellness, peer-led mental health group for farmers
  • MarketLink helps farmers become authorized SNAP retailers
  • State chapter of Farmer Veteran Coalition forming in Wisconsin
  • Organic Classifieds
  • Community Calendar

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