News

Organic products could be cheaper, thanks to Japan

Organic products could be cheaper, thanks to Japan

Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Japan have agreed to make it easier to import each other’s organic products, the latest step in a global effort that could give consumers access to more — and cheaper — organic food.

The Agriculture Department is planning to announce an agreement Thursday between the United States and Japan that will allow organic products to be certified in one of the countries and be sold as organic in both.

The agreement is similar to a 2009 deal with Canada and a 2012 deal with the European Union. Agriculture officials say they are looking at agreements with other countries as well.

The result could be a flow of new products to the U.S. market and higher profits for U.S. organic producers.

Recent Headlines

5 hours ago in Local

Iowa Senators Disagree on Education Funding

school_bus_1

A debate over funding for K-12 education in the Iowa Senate included claims that many schools could be forced to cut their literacy programs.

6 hours ago in Local

Nebraska Colleges & Universities Requesting Money for Construction

nebraska

The Nebraska State College System is seeking roughly 50-million dollars for building renovations and new construction on its three campuses.

7 hours ago in Local

Nebraska Legislators Getting Pushed on Property Tax Relief

nebraska-state-capital

Farmers and ranchers appealed to the Nebraska legislature's Education Committee for relief from rising property taxes.

8 hours ago in Local

Yankton School Board Considers Buying RTEC Building

YSD 31212

The Yankton School Board talked about the possibility of the district buying the RTEC building at their meeting this week.

10 hours ago in Local

SD Senate Committee Kills Death Penalty Repeal Bill

SD Capital

THE SENATE STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE KILLED A BILL THAT WOULD HAVE ABOLISHED THE DEATH PENALTY IN SOUTH DAKOTA.