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OPN Connect Newsletter 64 - May 17, 2018

The Organic Check-Off Dies a Sudden Death at USDA

The Organic Check-Off Dies a Sudden Death at USDA


The Organic Trade Association (OTA) hatched an idea in 2010 that would have provided an estimated $30 million annually for the organic community. The money would have been collected through a USDA check-off program providing money for organic research, technical assistance for new organic farmers, and consumer education about organic.

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Veg-Centric Consumers Drive Organic Vegetable Crumble and Noodle Craze

Veg-Centric Consumers Drive Organic Vegetable Crumble and Noodle Craze


The latest explosive trend in fresh produce—pre-packaged and ready-to-use vegetable noodles and crumbles—seems to exhibit tremendous expansion and staying power. Retailers, growers, and processors continue to follow this trend, seeing its long-term power and value in organic produce.

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Fresh Life Organics Brings Organic Produce Service to South Florida

Fresh Life Organics Brings Organic Produce Service to South Florida


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) services have become available across the country, delivering fresh local produce and farm goods to homes and businesses. Fresh Life Organics is doing just that in South Florida, the result of founder Jessica Papesh’s  personal struggle with maintaining a healthy diet and faced with limited selection of quality, fresh items.

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Myra and Drew Goodman: Passionate, Principled, Pioneers

Myra and Drew Goodman: Passionate, Principled, Pioneers


In 1984, a couple of city kids from Manhattan with no farming experience landed on a 2½-acre raspberry farm in the verdant Carmel Valley of California. They had intended just to take a year’s back-to-the-land break before going off to grad school. The story is well-known and often-told; you probably recognize it as the early days of Earthbound Farm and its co-founders, Drew and Myra Goodman.

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News To Help You Grow

Weekly Top 5: Organic News To Help You Grow


  1. Peggy Miars Vision for IFOAM - Organics International
  2. CCOF Adds "Why Buy Organic" Consumer Postcards
  3. Stemilt Encourages Retailers to Plan for Organic Apricots
  4. Sunbeam Family Farm Organic Growth
  5. Organic Industry Changemakers Recognized by Rodale Institute
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U.S. organic industry's Peggy Miars lays out vision for global organic group


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