2015 is the International Year of Soils

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has begun its celebration of the International Year of Soils to highlight the importance of healthy soils for food security, ecosystem functions and resilient farms and ranches. "Healthy soil is the foundation that ensures working farms and ranches become more productive, resilient to climate change and better prepared to … Continue reading 2015 is the International Year of Soils

USDA plans new organic database

Tom Karst The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a 20-page document about the development of what it calls the Organic Integrity Database. The report features slides and participant comments from a Web seminar Dec. 9 by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s National Organic Program and Information Technology Service, according to a news release. The … Continue reading USDA plans new organic database