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OPN Connect Newsletter 13 - May 25, 2017

In Their Words: Kathleen Merrigan

In Their Words: Kathleen Merrigan


OPN caught up with Kathleen Merrigan, former United States Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for  “In Their Words”. Kathleen provides insight on new USDA leadership, the Organic Farming Research Foundation and future policy opportunities.

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Raley’s Organic Program Scaling New Heights

Raley’s Organic Program Scaling New Heights


Over the past 14 months, Raley’s has pushed the envelope on its organic produce section testing the limits and pushing sales to new heights.

Michael Schutt, who basically built the category for the retailer beginning in 1995, said this new effort has been educational and given him a strong appreciation of the desires of his customers.  And though, as a chain, they have backed off the pedal a bit, he remains very bullish on the future growth of the category.

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Wholesum Family Farms
Who is the Organic Shopper? It Depends on Whom You Ask.

Who is the Organic Shopper? It Depends on Whom You Ask.


By Mindy Hermann, RD

With demand for organic produce continuing to grow, players throughout the supply chain seek to better understand the organic shopper. Several organizations pose questions about organic attitudes and beliefs in their annual surveys. Taken collectively, the survey results paint an informative picture of today’s consumer of organic fruits and vegetables.

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Opportunity to Connect with Organic Producers

Opportunity to Connect with Organic Producers


Booth Registration is now open for the inaugural Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, CA, December 13-14, 2017!

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United Fresh
Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know


1. Organic Fresh Produce Sales Topped More Than $15 Billion in 2016
2. Rodale Kicks Off Organic vs. Conventional Veggie Comparison Trials
3. Duncan Family Farms Employs Falcons as Bird Abatement
4. Why Congress Should Make Organic Agriculture a National Priority
5. The World’s First 100% Organic Country

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