Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know
Tonya Chats Organic Produce with Ashley Koff, RD, LLC and Robyn O’Brien on the TakeOut Podcast
OPN co-founder and EVP, Tonya Antle sat down with Ashley Koff RD LLC and Robyn O'Brien to chat about what organic produce means to her, how it can be made available to more people, and what the future looks like for the industry.
Costco Starts Offering Same-Day Grocery Delivery
Originally known for their huge store format, food sample stations, cheap hot dogs and pizza, is now offering same-day grocery through Instacart as the company looks to expand its customer base. “Grocery delivery is becoming increasingly important as customers look to save time and add convenience,” said David J. Livingston, supermarket analyst and founder of DJL Research. Although Costco’s strength is still its warehouse store format, meaning the delivery options will be just another addition, not necessarily a pivot toward solely e-commerce.
Read more here.
USDA Adds to Roster of Organic Farming Resources
In a recent content update, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conversation Service (NRCS) has updated resources ranging from informational videos to fact sheets. These resources serve to assist both organic farmers and farmers interested in transitioning to organic.
Check out the agency’s newest materials here.
U.S. Organic Imports up 25% in 2017
By Sustainable Food News
According to U.S. Department of Agriculture trade statistics, the value of organic imports during Jan.-Aug. 2017 is up 25 percent compared to the same period from 2016. While the value of organic exports during the first eight months was up 14 percent, organic imports from Mexico rose 62%, organic corn imports dropped 12%, and organic milk exports are up 1,100%.
For a more detailed report, read more here.
We are Organic: CCOF Foundation Dinner
Hear from Secretary of the California Department of Food Agriculture, Karen Ross, and students who received grants from the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund at this celebratory dinner on December 13th at TusCA Ristorante, Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa! The CCOF Foundation advances organic agriculture for a healthy world through programs that educate future organic farmers, help consumers understand organic, assist organic farmers in need, and provide ongoing training for organic professionals.
- $75 Early Bird Tickets available before November 22
- $85 Tickets after November 22
- Tables and sponsorships available
Tickets available at: www.ccof.org/weareorganic
"The Organic Grower Summit provides our farmers and growers the opportunity to network with others in the organic community, hear from industry thought-leaders, and learn about new products and services they can bring back to the farm.”
Kelly Shea, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations, DanoneWave
After months of very high prices, caused by ever-increasing demand and lower-than-usual supplies, organic avocado volume is on the rise, according to several of the industry’s most prominent growers.Read More
California led the nation in legalizing medicinal marijuana in 1996 when proposition 215 passed. Fast forward to November 2016 when the use of both recreational and medicinal marijuana was legalized in the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington and The District of Columbia.Read More
In the world of fresh organic produce, the National Organic Standards Board proposals to basically declare that bioponics (aeroponics, aquaponics and hydroponics) are ineligible for organic certification are getting the most play (see OPN newsletter of Sept. 28). However, the Fall Meetings, which will be held in Jacksonville, FL, October 31-November 1, will deal with many other proposals as well.
The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has finalized the educational component of its inaugural event, with a series of inspiring and engaging sessions focused on the production side of organic fresh produce. Additionally, a Grower Roundtable will be one of three keynote presentations, rounding out an impactful and insightful exchange of ideas and information between OGS attendees.Read More