FOG Discusses 2017 NOSB Recommendations

Jaci Schreckengost Organic, Top Posts

Organic growers across the Southeast have different opinions on the latest recommendations for what should be considered organic, issued by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB, made up of 15 industry leaders, recommended that hydroponics and aquaponics be considered organic at a 2017 meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. The NOSB’s recommendations are considered for…

Clemson Brings Sustainable Ag to the Southeast

Jaci Schreckengost Organic, Top Posts

Clemson University created the Sustainable Agriculture Program as an Extension outreach program to help inform and educate students, farmers and other industry professionals about sustainable ag. Geoffrey Zehnder, professor of entomology and coordinator of the Sustainable Agriculture Program, said the program helps provide information to those who need it and want to learn more. According…

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Soilless Production Falls Under Organic Certification

Dan Cooper Agri-business, Industry News Release, Organic, Top Posts

By Brian German A group of proposals aimed at banning soilless production from being eligible for organic certification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was recently voted down by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).  The decision came after several groups in the organic community participated in significant lobbying efforts urging the NOSB to…

Organic Farm Tours Benefit Growers

Abigail Taylor Organic, Top Posts

Florida Organic Growers (FOG) recently held a farm tour at Allison Acres Organic Blueberry Farm in Pinetta. FOG hosts many tours like this throughout the year for several different reasons. Tyler Nesbit, FOG’s education and outreach coordinator, believes hosting these events is extremely beneficial for all growers, whether they are certified organic or looking to…

FOG Presents Organic Blueberry Farm Tour

Abigail Taylor Berries, Organic, Top Posts

Allison Acres, an organic blueberry farm in Pinetta, Florida, hosted a farm tour today. Presented by Florida Organic Growers (FOG), conventional and certified organic growers gathered at Allison Acres to learn about its organic production system as well as get lessons on organic pest management and irrigation methods. Hank Allison, owner of Allison Acres Organic…

Disaster Relief Fund for Farmers in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands Affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Abigail Taylor Industry News Release, Organic, Top Posts, Weather

Contact: David Vaina, 352.377.6345 or david@foginfo.org Family farmers in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands can now access much-needed relief following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Farm Aid has partnered with Florida Organic Growers & Consumers, Inc. (FOG) to distribute emergency relief grants of $500 to help farmers meet household expenses. Families who rely on farming…

NRCS Offers Organic Initiatives for Growers

Abigail Taylor NRCS, Organic, Top Posts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) is working to raise awareness about available programs for organic growers. Monica Jones, district conservationist covering Alachua, Bradford and Union counties in Florida, exhibited at the inaugural Organic Food & Farming Summit in Gainesville on September 17–19 to do just that. Jones says NRCS…

Organic Growers Give Input for 2018 Farm Bill

Jaci Schreckengost Organic, Top Posts

As the 2018 farm bill discussion continues, many growers are pressing to get their voices heard by those writing the bill. At the inaugural Florida Organic Food & Farming Summit in Gainesville, a workshop on September 18 allowed growers to discuss their concerns and suggestions for the farm bill. Sarah Hackney, grassroots director at the…