Researchers seek your input with culinary herb survey

University researchers are seeking input from potted and fresh cut culinary herb growers in order to initiate a national research and extension project aimed to address the needs of the emerging industry. Your anonymous input for our survey will help to steer the focus of this project. Currently, researchers from Michigan State University, Purdue University, […]

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3 Things to Fight For in the Farm Bill

Article by The Upstart University Team The Farm Bill is moving in Congress and could impact your farm. As you may have learned in our previous post, Congress typically rewrites the Farm Bill every five years and is currently in the process of writing a new Farm Bill with the goal of passing it by the […]

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USDA Releases Materials for Fall National Organic Standards Board Meeting

From the Coalition for Sustainable Organics The USDA has published the pre-meeting materials on their website for the Fall 2018 National Organic Standards Board meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota to be held from October 24-26.  The Discussion Documents and Formal Proposals do NOT include anything specific to greenhouse, container, hydroponic, aeroponic or aquaponic production systems. Those topics remain on […]

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Upstart Farmers wants you to know some important facts about The Farm Bill

Article by Amy Storey, Upstart Farmers In a recent survey conducted by Upstart University, 70% of respondents stated that they were unsure of whether the Farm Bill would impact their [future] business. Yet ironically all respondents plan on investing in some kind of energy-efficient equipment in the next year, whether that’s lighting, HVAC, pumps, or motors. […]

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Aquaponics Association publishes letter and 300 signatures to Congress

Read the Aquaponics 2018 Farm Bill Letter Here The Aquaponics Association today published a letter asking Congress to support aquaponics and other sustainable growing methods in the 2018 Farm Bill. The Senate draft of the Farm Bill includes provisions that benefit aquaponic growers that are not included in the House version. (Read the Aquaponics Senate Farm Bill […]

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Senate Farm Bill Includes Provisions for Aquaponics and Hydroponics

Originally published by the Aquaponics Association Read what the Senate’s Farm Bill includes for Aquaponics, click here: Senate Farm Bill Fact Sheet The U.S. Senate on July 5 passed a draft of the 2018 Farm Bill that includes provisions specifically relating to aquaponics, hydroponics, and other sustainable growing methods. (Maybe our 200+ signature sign-on letter had an effect!) The Senate’s […]

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Bipartisan Senate 2018 Farm Bill Turns the Tide for Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers

The Rural Coalition and the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association see strong progress for this nation’s African American, Asian Pacific, Latino, and Tribal Farmers and Ranchers and rural communities in the strongly bipartisan Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, which passed yesterday by a vote of 86-11. The bill preserves nutrition programs, leaves largely […]

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USDA/DOE Workshop to Explore Vertical Agriculture, Sustainable Urban Ecosystems

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy will host a workshop on “Innovation and Design in Vertical Agriculture and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems” on June 27-28 in Washington, DC. The workshop will be held at the Thomas Jefferson Auditorium at USDA Headquarters at 1400 Independence Ave. SW in Washington. Representatives from the public […]

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Coalition for Sustainable Organics Continues Efforts to Ensure Containers and Hydroponics in the National Organic Program

Led by executive director Lee Frankel, the Coalition for Sustainable Organics (CSO), continued its advocacy efforts at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting to ensure the National Organic Program remains open to producers using containers and hydroponic cultivation methods. Frankel testified, “Comprised of growers big and small, we [the CSO] advocate for the […]

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2018 U.S. Farm Bill Campaign

About every five years the Federal Government passes a massive, far-reaching “Farm Bill” with the main aim of providing an adequate national supply of food and nutrition. The Bill affects all facets of the U.S. food system including nutrition assistance, crop subsidies, crop insurance, research, and conservation. The 2014 Farm Bill directed the spending of […]

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Urban Agriculture Production Act could help eliminate urban food deserts

Urban Agriculture Production Act offers growers, retailers and consumers opportunity to produce, market and purchase locally-grown food. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) introduced the Urban Agriculture Production Act in September. This bipartisan bill aims to support nutritional and farmers’ market programs and help create the next generation of local, urban farmers and food producers. Kaptur was joined […]

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Making the case for hydroponics and aquaponics as USDA organic certified

A look back at how the Coalition for Sustainable Organics has worked to keep hydroponics and aquaponics as USDA organic-certified production methods. Originally published in Issue 14, July 2016 Organic hydroponic and aquaponic growers are waiting for the results of a National Organic Program task force report which is scheduled for release this month. Members […]

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USDA to ban hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic techniques from organic certification

Crops Subcommittee of National Organic Standards Board Sends Forward Formal Recommendation to Ban Hydroponics, Aquaponics and Aeroponics While Proposing Limits on Other Forms of Container Production Systems The USDA recently published on their website the proposals written by the Crops Subcommittee of the National Organic Standards Board. The full membership of the NOSB will take up these […]

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The Association for Vertical Farming and the Farm Bill

By Penny McBride Once again Congress is preparing to take on the US Farm Bill, which is a billion dollar web of agriculture subsidies, welfare payments and environmental support. One of the goals of the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) is to build political consensus around food and agriculture policy that has the potential to impact our […]

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