Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 


USDA Recognizes Organic Agriculture as a Priority with $10 Million in Grants

On December 18, USDA announced the availability of $10 million in competitive grants offered through the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program. These grants provide funding for the development, and application of innovative conservation technologies and approaches. What’s unique about this year’s grant is they specify areas where organic farmers and ranchers can actively participate in the process.

Ocean Mist

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Brexit Could Produce a Shift Towards Organic Production

BREXIT could result in more Scottish farmers converting towards organic production. According to Malcom Taylor, head of land management at bell Ingram, the continuing uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote, coupled with the likelihood of elevated environmental constraints in the UK’s local replacement for the CAP, will make organic farming a more attractive option.

Organics Unlimited

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The Year of the Consumer

We no longer have to wonder about the impact of the FDA’s budget being frozen, a federal hiring freeze, or a full-out directive to terminate and prevent promulgation of ‘most’ regulations. The natural products industry, food and dietary supplements in particular, is about to experience the fallout in 2018.

Organic Produce Network (OPN)

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Asia’s ‘Large and Disparate Number of Organic Standards’ Calls Certification into Question at Ecovia Conference

Organic standards inconsistency and labeling issues are "major pitfalls" for companies entering the Chinese organic market, attendees heard at the inaugural Asia-Pacific edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit according to host Ecovia Intelligence.

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Top 10 Fresh Organic Foods of 2017

A variety of fresh organic products such as produce, meat and deli-prepared beverages landed in the top 10 categories that U.S. consumers purchased in 2017.

Packaged salads led the way in 2017, with dollar sales reaching nearly $900 million, up less than 2 percent.

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Organic Industry Insiders Share Thoughts on Trends and Predictions for 2018

Organic Industry Insiders Share Thoughts on Trends and Predictions for 2018


OPN asked organic industry insiders to share their thoughts on organic produce trends for 2018. Our experts had plenty to say about who drives trends, what upcoming items may become consumer obsessions and what issues concern them most.

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Organic Grower Summit Panel Explores Issues Facing Organic Farmers

Organic Grower Summit Panel Explores Issues Facing Organic Farmers


Many of the top issues facing organic farmers are those all farmers face: smaller margins, increasing competition from non-traditional growers like hydroponics, a robust regulatory environment, pest control, food safety, the need for research, water, and labor.

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Standing Room Only Crowd Packs Organic Cannabis Panel Discussion

Standing Room Only Crowd Packs Organic Cannabis Panel Discussion


Perhaps in a nod to the next frontier of business opportunities in organic growing, the most popular educational breakout session at the sold-out inaugural Organic Grower Summit was “Organic Disruption — Cannabis: The Next Frontier.”

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General Attendee Registration for Organic Produce Summit 2018 Opens January 8

General Attendee Registration for Organic Produce Summit 2018 Opens January 8


General attendee registration for the third annual Organic Produce Summit will open on Monday, January 8.  Special “Early Bird” pricing is available during the month of January for the only event dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce growers, shippers and processors with retailers and buying organizations across North America.

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'Pitfalls' to entering Chinese organic market explored at summit


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Top 10 fresh organic foods of 2017



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