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Will Next-Gen GMO Techniques be Kept out of Organics?

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the 15-member panel recommending organic policy to the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP), is expected to vote on whether to add three genetic engineering techniques to its list of excluded methods for organics.

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Convening in Jacksonville, Fla., for its fall meeting from Oct. 31- Nov. 2, the NOSB will be considering a dozen proposals put forth by its six subcommittees.

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NOP Actions Underway on the OIG Audit Report re: International Trade                    

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts independent audits and investigations of the Department's programs and operations. The OIG published findings from its audit on "National Organic Program International Trade Arrangements and Agreements." OIG began its review of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) in early 2016.

The audit evaluated NOP’s internal controls for approving and overseeing international trade arrangements and agreements that allow organic imports into the United States.

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OTA Organic Awards Dinner Draws Hundreds to Applaud Organic Change-makers

The all-organic banquet was amazing and delicious. Sweet potato latkes, artichoke and chicken roulades, stuffed red peppers with smoked tofu and sprouted quinoa, a chocolate peanut butter avocado mousse for dessert...and more! But the voices and accomplishments of a group of distinguished, dedicated and determined organic innovators and visionaries being honored Wednesday evening by the Organic Trade Association were what made the evening memorable.

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Gladstone Land Acquires Organic Farm in Washington State for $9.5 Million

Gladstone Land Corporation (NASDAQ:LAND) ("Gladstone Land" or the "Company") announced that it has acquired a 746-acre organic farm in Walla Walla, Washington for $9.5 million.  Upon acquisition, Gladstone Land assumed a lease with a remaining term of six years with a leading farming operation that currently grows apples, wine grapes, and cherries on the farm.

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Top-selling Organic Apple Brand Daisy Girl Eyes Pouch Bag Sales Gain

Columbia Marketing International LLC (CMI), owner of the Daisy Girl brand of organic apples, said with organic apple production estimated to be up by 15 percent in the 2017 season, it is planning to expand distribution.

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In Their Words: Vernon Peterson

In Their Words: Vernon Peterson


OPN recently caught up with Vernon Peterson, President of Peterson Family and Founder of Abundant Harvest Organics.

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Pancakes and Bacon: The NOSB Meeting is just Around the Corner

Pancakes and Bacon: The NOSB Meeting is just Around the Corner


In just over a month, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will convene in Jacksonville, Florida, October 31st- November 2nd.  These meetings are held in different far-flung agricultural areas for a reason – so organic stakeholders can participate. If you don’t show up, the products you eat or sell or the way you farm could be in jeopardy.

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Spotlight on New Organic Vegetable Offerings

Spotlight on New Organic Vegetable Offerings


By Jenn LaVardera, MS RD

Over 1,500 food, beverage and wellness companies gathered to showcase new products at Expo East.   Though the exhibit hall was dominated by snack foods, supplements and other packaged goods, fresh produce did make an appearance at the show. Here’s a look at how three companies who exhibited at the event demonstrated there is still room for innovation in the fresh organic produce category.

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Options Limited for Organic Fall Fruit Promotions

Options Limited for Organic Fall Fruit Promotions


Fall is an interesting time for retail promotion as there are a number of organic fruits in season but few offer promotional opportunities. OPN caught up with Anthony Vineyards Inc. and Homegrown for an update. Fall crops that will be merchandised but usually at relatively high prices over the next several months include grapes, pomegranates, mandarins, persimmons and Asian pears.

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