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OPN Connect Newsletter 30 - September 21, 2017

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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Ocean Mist
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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Wholesum Family Farms
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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Awe Sum Organics
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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AMF Farms / Bay Baby Produce
Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 


  1. Will Next-Gen GMO Techniques be Kept out of Organics?
  2. NOP Actions Underway on the OIG Audit Report re: International Trade     
  3. OTA Organic Awards Dinner Draws Hundreds to Applaud Organic Change-makers
  4. Gladstone Land Acquires Organic Farm in Washington State for $9.5 Million
  5. Top-selling Organic Apple Brand Daisy Girl Eyes Pouch Bag Sales Gain
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