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Plowing the way for a new agriculture
Kutztown, Pennsylvania – In the bold quest to increase U.S. certified organic farming by more than 800% in the next ten years, The Rodale Institute® has expanded their portal website, www.NewFarm.org, providing farmers with free, A-Z news, research and market data on organic and sustainable agriculture.
Organics is one of the fastest growing food trends today. The Organic Trade Association, based in Greenfield, Mass, reports that the market for organic food and products is more than $11 billion in annual sales, and growing an estimated 20-30% per year.
Despite this trend, farmers expanding into the organic field have been impeded by inadequate access to crucial research, market data and timely news.
Providing a virtual one-stop on-line resource, NewFarm.org has emerged as the organic industry’s champion, with new features including:
Roots OPX™ – NewFarm.org made national
headlines when it
• Farm Locator
– Helps wholesale and retail customers find producers in their
• Partnership Program
– The timely sharing and dispersal of relevant
This round of NewFarm.org updates follows Anthony Rodale’s ambitious call to action for the world’s farmers. Addressing leaders of the US organic industry on June 13th, 2003, Rodale called for 100,000 farmers, about 5% of America’s remaining 2 million farmers, to transition to Certified Organic by 2013. Currently, 8,000 farmers are certified organic (just over ½ of one percent of all US farmers), according to Rodale.
In addition to these features, NewFarm continues to offer:
About The NewFarm®
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