Farmers face organic food fraud charges

John Burton of Clarksdale, Missouri, pled guilty, Friday, May 10, and was convicted on one count of wire fraud conspiracy in a scheme to fraudulently sell approximately $142 million in grain as organic.

Nevada Organic Farmers Consider Private Certification Programs

NEVADA -- With the Nevada Department of Agriculture board of directors voting to end the state's organic certification program on June 30, 2016, local organic farmers are reviewing their options. According to the Nevada Appeal: On June 16, a gathering of growers, producers and sellers discussed the feasibility of a private certification program and whether …

Driscoll’s Expands Organic Strawberry Nursery Plant Production

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WATSONVILLE, CA -- On the heels of news of recent investments in organic farming by companies like Clif Bar & Co. and General Mills, premium berry cooperative Driscoll's, says it plans to expand production of organic strawberry nursery plants for its independent, USDA certified organic farmers. ‚ÄúSince our first sales of organic berries in the …

Clif Bar Aims to Raise $10 Million for Organic Farming Research

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EMERYVILLE, CA -- Organic farming got a boost with the recent announcement from Clif Bar & Co., maker of the popular energy bar LUNA and other health food and drinks, that it plans to raise approximately $10 million dollars for organic farming research. The company teamed with the 1,800 member organic farming cooperative Organic Valley …