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

in Local

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Surpasses Goal for Feeding South Dakota

mailboxes

The 23rd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive this month had mail carriers dropping off the mail while picking up donations of food from the nation’s mailboxes.

in Local

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission To Hold Public Comment

electric poles

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission is gathering public comment preceding the formal hearings for Northwestern Energy’s rate hike case.

in Local

South Dakota Senator Critical of Presidential Approach to ISIS

John Thune

South Dakota Senator John Thune has been critical of the approach of the Obama Administration to the threat from ISIS.

in Local

Onward Yankton Creates Community Poll

City of Yankton SD

After 50 days, the search for Yankton’s next ‘big idea’ has hit the halfway point.

in Local

Yankton Sales Tax Continues Up

Amy Nelson 122013

Sales tax in Yankton continue their strong growth trend.