The organic eggs in your grocery store are supposed to come from chickens that have year-round access to the outdoors. That's according to long-standing organic regulations.

It took years of heated debate, but the federal government has finally decided just how much living space an organic chicken should have.

It's part of a new set of rules that cover many aspects of animal welfare in the organic food industry. But the biggest impact of the rule will be felt in the organic egg industry.

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Organic farmers are celebrating a milestone anniversary. It’s been 25 years since the federal government started regulating organic farming.  The Organic Foods Production Act unified a patchwork of different state standards. We take a look at organic farming regulation and the areas where industry experts say there’s room to improve.

OSU Conference Encourages Ohio Farmers to Sell Locally

Jan 11, 2006

Local sales of Ohio-grown commodities are steadily increasing. The popularity of farmers markets and research by Ohio State suggest that people are eager for organic and locally raised produce. The staff at OSU's College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences say they want to help Ohio farmers tap into this rapidly expanding market and they sponsored a symposium today on the subject. WOSU's Sam Hendren reports.