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OPN Connect Newsletter 86 - October 18, 2018

Agroplasma USA - A Unique Immigration Story

Agroplasma USA - A Unique Immigration Story


Agroplasma USA is a leading supplier of organic fertilizer to the U.S. market, but if it wasn’t for the restrictive U.S. immigration laws, it wouldn’t exist. “The truth is, I had to invest $1 million in a U.S. business or I couldn’t stay in the United States,” said Hans Berglund, a native of Sweden, who founded the business in 2004 and is the current president and owner. 

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Ocean Mist
Farm Bill Expires – What Does This Mean for Organics?

Farm Bill Expires – What Does This Mean for Organics?


While unexpected considering the political climate, Congress failed to come to an agreement on a new Farm Bill and has until December to pass a new one. If a new Farm Bill isn’t passed by December, many important organic programs will be left in limbo as we enter 2019.

By Melody Meyer

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Organics Unlimited
In Their Words: Peggy Miars

In Their Words: Peggy Miars


Peggy Miars is the Executive Director/CEO of OMRI and the Board President of IFOAM - Organics International. She will be speaking at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit as part of the educational session “Safeguarding the Organic Brand”. OPN talked to her on  what OMRI and IFOAM are doing to maintain organic integrity and what the future holds for the the organic brand.

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4Earth Farms
Candid Conversation with National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Members - OGS Announces Education Session

Candid Conversation with National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Members - OGS Announces Education Session


An educational session at the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from two members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), providing an overview of the agency responsible for recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and processing of organic products.

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Top 5 - Organic News to Help You Grow

Top 5 - Organic News to Help You Grow


  1. The Current Case for USDA Organic
  2. U.S. Boasts 6.5 Million Acres of Organic Certified Land
  3. Global Food Movement Leaders & Organizations Reject Organic "Gene Drives
  4. 2019 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference Has A New Home
  5. Minnesota Company Strives to be The Cargill of Organic Food
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