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OPN Connect Newsletter 38 · November 16, 2017

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 


IFOAM - Organics International Rolls Out Organic 3.0 Video

IFOAM - Organics International, the umbrella group for the global organic movement since 1972, rolled out a new video to explain Organic 3.0, what it calls the "next phase of organic development." The group released the final version of its Organic 3.0 document in November 2016.

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Organics Unlimited-April

CA Department of Pesticide Regulation Releases New Regulations for Pesticide Use Near School Sites

The new proposed action from the CA Department of Pesticide Regulation will require growers to notify public K-12 schools, child day care facilities, and county agricultural commissioners when certain pesticide applications made for the production of an agricultural commodity near a schoolsite are planned in the coming year and also a few days prior to the applications.

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One Month Until the Organic Grower Summit

Charlies Produce

With only one month to go, the Organic Grower Summit, December 13-14 in Monterey, CA, is nearly sold out. OGS features a sold-out exhibition trade show, a fully-booked "Meet the Grower" event with Costco, six educational sessions and three keynote presentations. The three keynote presentations include sessions presented by Don Barnett, COO/CFO of Sun Basket; Miles McEvoy, Former Deputy Administrator of AMS, USDA; and a Grower Roundtable featuring Stan Pura, Founder of Mission Ranches, Jeff Huckaby, President of Grimmway Farms, Bill Reiman, Managing Director of Gladstone Land Corp and Scott LaRue, Managing Partner from Piper Jaffray.

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FoodBytes! 2017 by Rabobank Highlights Key Food, Agriculture Trends

Rabobank, a global food and agriculture bank dedicated to building a better food future, reports key trends from FoodBytes! 2017, including clean product makeovers, plant-based protein and food waste reduction. FoodBytes! is a next generation pitch competition-meets-networking event that brings together groundbreaking startups, investors and industry leaders, providing a safe haven for entrepreneurs to thrive, and is also part of Rabobank’s Banking for Food vision to feed the world sustainably by 2050.

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Nature Safe

Fetzer Vineyards Debuts First Sustainability Report

Fetzer Vineyards, the world’s largest winery to obtain B Corp certification, on Wednesday released its first sustainability report.

Hopland, Calif.-based Fetzer, one of the world's largest growers of organically grown grapes, farming about 1,000 acres organically in Mendocino, Calif., is a subsidiary of Chile-based Vina Concha y Toro S.A., the world's fifth largest wine company, which purchased Fetzer from Louisville, Ky.-based Brown-Forman in 2011 for $238 million.

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Organic Ag Products

"We work with over 50 organic growers. About 60% of our total growers are organic and the organic box is our most popular category of box, accounting for 60% of our orders."

Ron Clark
Imperfect Produce

Ocean Mist

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