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Consumer interest in organic products drives ‘banner year’

Consumers are eating more organic food and using more organic products than ever before. The U.S. organic sector posted a banner year in 2019, with organic sales in the food and non-food markets totaling a record $55.1 billion, up a solid 5% from the previous year, according to the 2020 Organic Industry Survey released in June by the Organic Trade Association. Read more.

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Agriculture Resilience Act intends to build resilient farming, food systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of our current food and farming systems to sudden disruptions. The Agricultural Resilience Act would bring federal policy in line with the goal of transforming American agriculture to better rebound and adapt to disruptions. Read more.

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Mhonpaj Lee joins MOSES organic specialist team

As a cultural bridge between the immigrant farming community and local agricultural institutions, Mhonpaj is constantly taking calls about soil fertility, crop quality, land access, and financial management. Taking the job with MOSES is a way to formalize work she has already been doing for a while. Read more.

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Researchers focus on oats, wheat varieties adapted to organic production

Organic farmers require small grains varieties that are well-adapted to their production system. Plant breeders strive to improve crops not only for grain yield, but also for disease resistance, lodging resistance, processing characteristics, and nutritional characteristics. Read more.

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On-farm habitat for beneficial insects provides multiple benefits

Insect pollinators are essential to the production of more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species and contribute $20 billion annually to U.S. agriculture. Predatory and parasitoid insects provide another $4.5 billion in free pest management. The Xerces Society has been creating a network of on-farm demonstration sites that showcase a wide variety of pollinator habitat options and installation methods. Read more.

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Growing coalition endorses national ‘Boycott Big Meat’ campaign

Boycott Big Meat is a national campaign to restore local/regional networks of producers, processors, distributors, and retailers committed to an organic regenerative food and farming system that improves public health, ensures worker rights, protects family farmers, ends animal abuse, and protects the environment, including climate stability. Read more.

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Benchmarking project offers organic farmers reduced tuition for state farm business management programs

The organic benchmarking cost-share program creates the opportunity for certified organic producers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota to participate in a farm business management program at a reduced tuition rate now through 2022. Read more.

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Illinois small town pulls together to dig out of food desert

A new store in the tiny town of Mount Pulaski, Illinois, is being hailed as a model for other rural communities in food deserts. Read more.

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Additional Content in PDF

PDF of July | August

  • MOSES leader ‘rotates’ to new job outside the nonprofit
  • Guest Essay: Radical garden spaces and the social lives of seeds
  • Ask a Specialist: ‘How has the pandemic impacted your farm?’
  • Resilience Boot Camp offers place for women farmers to build capacity
  • Unique Extension program serves the niche meat industry
  • News Briefs: Virtual field days, 2021 MOSES Conference news, and more
  • Organic Classifieds
  • Community Calendar

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