USDA Organic Regulations for Organic Compost 7 CFR § 205.203(c) Composting and vermicomposting (worm composting) systems should be outlined in a grower’s Organic System Plan (OSP). Production records should include the source of all materials used in the compost. If animal materials (such as sh meal and bat guano) are used, accurate temperature monitoring logs need […]
Annual losses of managed honey bee colonies have been higher over the last decade than in previous decades, according to Land Use, Land Cover, and Pollinator Health: A Review and Trend Analysis, a comprehensive new report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service. RELATED: EPA’s APPROVAL OF BEE-KILLING PESTICIDES VIOLATED FEDERAL LAW, COURT RULES. The report […]
I have been fortunate enough to visit many foreign countries, be it for my job or volunteering with International Executive Service Corps. In my capacity working with organic farmers, I have developed a deep appreciation for the services and support our USDA offers. If you are a farmer, rancher, handler or consumer, there is something […]
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A decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deregulate a genetically modified grass seed has raised concerns about contamination in Oregon’s billion-dollar grass seed industry.
Genetically modified creeping bentgrass was created by Scotts Miracle-Gro as a product for golf courses. But the grass escaped from its test plots, and has continued to spread across Southeast and Central Oregon – despite eradica….