Who’s buying organic foods?

The year 2017 marked continued strength in the organic food market. According to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), U.S. sales surpassed $45 billion over the course of the year, more than doubling in size from a decade ago. OTA notes that the 2017 figures represent a 6.4% increase from the previous year — significant, considering […]

Study: Does eating organic reduce risk of cancer?

In recent years, more and more consumers have incorporated organic foods into their diets as a lifestyle choice for several reasons, such as perceived health benefits, supporting local producers and promoting sustainable growing practices. Now, a new study suggests that organic food might help reduce cancer risks as well.

The publicly funded study, coming out […]

NASCAR speedway returns to its roots with organic track-side farm

Known to racing fans as “The Tricky Triangle,” the Pocono Raceway is one of only seven superspeedways in the United States, nestled in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.

It’s also known for its pioneering environmental initiatives. A 25-acre farm of solar panels, completed in 2010, makes the raceway the largest solar-powered sports facility on […]

Safe selling at the farmers market

Though National Farmers Market Week is coming to a close, the farmers market season is still well underway. In fact, as farmers markets become an increasingly popular way to get fresh farm goodies, some continue year-round.

And just like commercial kitchens, home kitchens, food production and processing plants and anywhere else where food can be […]

Australia’s organics industry doubtful of proposed mandatory fungicide treatments

Discussion has been fervent in Australia’s organics industry after the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) proposed mandatory fungicide treatment for certain imported crop seeds.

In “Draft review of import conditions for brassicaceous crop seeds for sowing into Australia,” DAWR says that its proposal would minimize the risk of introducing foreign plant pathogens to […]

Defining ‘organic’ in a changing world

What does “organic” mean to you? Is food grown hydroponically organic? Consumers, producers and regulators at times have their own understanding of how organically produced food is or should be. To some, certain parts of the production process are more valuable, or more relevant to, the label than others.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) […]

Neogen reports 12% increase in net income

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that its net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, which ended Feb. 29, increased 12% to $8,311,000, when compared to the prior year’s $7,454,000. Earnings per share in the current quarter were $0.22, compared to $0.20 a year ago. Current year-to-date net income increased 11% over […]

Monday links

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Food Safety

Beyond drug-resistant bacteria – Journal of Environmental Quality Manure management is serious business for a meat-hungry world. A single cow, depending on its size, can generate between 43 and 120 pounds […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal safety, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Animal Science

What cows mean when they say ‘moo’ – BBC The ability to communicate between a mother and her offspring isn’t just between humans. Scientists in England have found that cows share […]

Farmers debate value of proposed organic checkoffs

According to the article “Organic Checkoff: Is it What’s for Dinner?” The United States Department of Agriculture is currently proposing a redirection of funds from general checkoff programs to instead be used for promotion and research in organic foods.

Checkoffs are defined as a percentage of farmer’s income that is then used by the USDA […]