USDA to fund organic certification

USDA announced that approximately $13 million in Farm Bill funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance.

The certification assistance is distributed through two programs within the Agricultural Marketing Service. Through the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, $11.5 million is available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories. Through the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, an additional $1.5 million is available to organic operations in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

These programs provide cost-share assistance through participating states to USDA certified organic producers and handlers for certification-related expenses they incur from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014. Payments cover up to 75% of an individual producer's or handler's certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per certification. To receive cost-share assistance, organic producers and handlers should contact their state agencies. Each state will have their own guidelines and requirements for reimbursement, and the National Organic Program (NOP) will assist states as much as possible to successfully implement the programs. State contact information can be found on the NOP Cost Share Website,

For additional information contact Dana Stahl, Organic Certification Cost Share Program Manager,, (540) 361-1126. Additional information is available on the NOP's website at


Organic dairy products market expected to reach $15.9 billion by 2019

A new market report published by Transparency Market Research, "Organic Dairy Products Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013 - 2019", predicts the organic dairy market –  valued at  $11.16 billion ($U.S.) in 2012 – is expected to reach $15.90 billion by 2019 –  growing at a rate of 5.2% per year from 2013 to 2019.

Lack of adequate power infrastructure and increasing demand for reliable electricity delivery are the major driving forces of this market.

The market is dominated by U.S. and Europe, which together accounted for 93.1% of the global demand in 2011. The U.S. and Europe organic dairy sector continues to show steady growth, growing overall by 8.2% and 7.9% respectively during 2012.

South Korea is witnessing continuous growth in consumption of organic dairy products and is expected to grow robustly from 2011 to 2017. The South Korean organic dairy market is predicted to reach $418.6 million by 2017.

Source: Transparency Market Research

Organic Valley launches milk protein shakes

 Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, launched its first-ever organic milk protein shakes. Made from real organic milk, Organic Valley Organic Balance™ and Organic Valley Organic Fuel™ are now available nationwide in natural food stores, food cooperatives, major grocery chains, and LIFETIME gyms across the country.

Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,844 farmers in 36 states.

 For further information visit Organic Valley is also on Twitter @OrganicValley and Facebook

Source: Organic Valley