Category Archives: Seed Industry

New Organic Carrot Gallery Helps Farmers, Researchers

The Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) project launched an online tool this month to help farmers find new and existing varieties — and varieties in the works — of carrots, especially carrots of novel colors. The new gallery is the … Continue reading

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UPDATED: USDA Extends ‘Coexistence’ Comment Period

The new comment deadline is May 11, 2015. Pollen, seed, and plants don’t stay put in agriculture. That’s why contamination by genetically engineered (GE) crops, or GMOs, is a problem for farmers who don’t grow these crops and for the seed … Continue reading

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Expanding Spring Palates through Participatory Breeding

Local food can be scarce in early spring in the Northwest, but thanks to support from two specialty crop block grants administered by the Washington State Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Agriculture, OSA is increasing the diversity of our spring palate. In partnership … Continue reading

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OSA’s ‘Abundant Bloomsdale’ Spinach Hits Marketplace

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is proud to announce the release of a new spinach variety called ‘Abundant Bloomsdale’. The name is a tribute to OSA’s predecessor, Abundant Life Seed Foundation. “Our newest commercial release exemplifies Organic Seed Alliance’s approach to … Continue reading

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USDA Ditches GMO Regs: What It Means

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Friday that it’s ditching a 2008 proposal that would have updated GMO regulations. A little background: The USDA is one of three agencies that regulate GMOs (along with the EPA and FDA). When … Continue reading

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