6th National Small Farm Conference

On September 18-20 the USDA will be hosting the 6th National Small Farm Conference in the Downtown Marriott in Memphis, Tennessee, and registration for the event is now open. The theme of this year’s conference is “Partnering for Success of Small Farmers and Ranchers” and over 800 people from places such as land-grant universities, community-based […]

NOSB Looking For Nominations

For any and all interested, the USDA’S NOSB (National Organic Standards Board) is accepting nominations up till July 30th. The NOSB is a highly influential board that deals with standards and practices within the organic community, and also makes recommendations to the ‘National List’ of banned substances. We at IOGA did a write-up of the […]

The Drought Doldrums

It’s official; this year’s drought now ranks as the worst since the 1950’s, surpassing even the painful nationwide 1988 drought. Many corn farmers are now hoping for, best-case scenario, a lessened crop, and at worst, a 50% or worse yield. And, as many are aware, Congress’ so-far embarrassingly futile efforts to pass a Farm Bill […]

eOrganic Webinar: Your Organic Dairy Herd Health Toolbox

In upcoming news, eOrganic is hosting a webinar entitled Your Organic Dairy Herd Health Toolbox on Monday, the 16th from 1-2:15 pm Central time. During the webinar Dr. Hubert Karreman of eOrganic “will discuss organic dairy herd health considerations, approaches to organic dairy cattle treatment currently allowed by the National Organic Program, and how best to […]

The National Organic Standards Board

Earlier this week, we published an article on the gelling agent pectin and the restrictions against it, which are to be greatly relaxed come this November. Those restrictions can be found on the ‘National List’; a list of ‘allowed and prohibited substances’ used in organic food production, run by the USDA. The List is a […]