Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a significant increase in the number of certified organic operations, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector. According to new data, there are now 21,781 certified organic operations in the United States and 31,160 around the world.

Sacramento, California - CDFA Secretary Karen Ross is in Vietnam this week as part of a delegation of the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA), a non-profit formed in 1980 by the 13 western state departments of agriculture as well as the territorial departments in Guam and Samoa. For more than three decades, WUSATA has offered programs and services to assist exporters of high-value food and agricultural products.

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Economic and population growth on top of climate change could lead to serious water shortages across a broad swath of Asia by the year 2050, a newly published study by MIT scientists has found.

Washington, DC - The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Today, 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. According to a new report, “An Aging World: 2015,”  this percentage is projected to jump to nearly 17 percent of the world’s population by 2050 (1.6 billion).

Provo, Utah - If McKay Mitton had his way, he would spend every waking hour in the great outdoors. Biking, skiing, swimming, you name it; McKay loves it all.

Scottsdale, Arizona - The spread of yellow fever, which kills an estimated 60,000 people a year, has global health officials concerned. The World Health Organization says the first imported case of yellow fever to China has been reported. Globally, yellow fever cases have been decreasing over the past 10 years since the launch of Yellow Fever Initiative; however, Angola is experiencing its largest outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness in 30 years.