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OPN Connect Newsletter 7 - April 13, 2017

Organic Certification for Bioponics? Advocates pro and con eager for a decision

Organic Certification for Bioponics? Advocates pro and con eager for a decision


The future of organic certification for hydroponic, aquaponic, aeroponic, and other non-soil crops is likely to be decided next week at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting April 19-21 in Denver. Vocal advocates on both sides present cogent arguments; the USDA received 2,000+ comments during its comment period, with more nays than yays.

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Ocean Mist
Spring Ahead, Nutritionally with Organic Strawberries

Spring Ahead, Nutritionally with Organic Strawberries


By Ashley Koff, RD

What’s red and sweet, and oh so fun to eat? Yeah, who doesn’t love strawberries?! This time of year, we love that these berries are back in season. But how to get people to focus on the need to choose organic strawberries more often. That’s where I come in.

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Wholesum Family Farms
In Their Words: The Pura

In Their Words: The Pura "Soil" Sisters


Audra, Alli and Adri Pura are a terrific trio of talent, each taking the organic produce community by storm in their own way. The girls' father, Stan Pura, is widely recognized as one of the country's most progressive and respected organic growers, spearheading Earthbound Farm organic vegetable program.

OPN’s Tonya Antle, caught up with the busy threesome to talk about their passion; and their dedication to improving the organic landscape for the better, while paying homage to the past.

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Awe Sum Organics
Millennials Are Helping Organic Sales Soar

Millennials Are Helping Organic Sales Soar


While millennials are regarded as best targets for organic produce sales, a pair of recently released studies show how this generation of 83 million consumers are using their wallets to influence the increased demand for fresh organic food.

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AMF Farms / Bay Baby Produce
What’s at Stake at Next Week’s National Organic Standards Board Meeting?

What’s at Stake at Next Week’s National Organic Standards Board Meeting?


By Melody Meyer

It’s spring time in the Rockies and I will be heading to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) biannual meeting which provides an opportunity for organic stakeholders to give input on proposed recommendations and discussions.  These meetings can decide the fate of organic farming and manufacturing for many years to come.  Indeed the very future of organic is held in the hands of the 15 individuals on the board.

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Organic Week in Brief

Organic Week in Brief


  1. Jana Partners Acquires 9 Percent of Whole Foods
  2. Comment Deadline to USDA on GRO Organic Proposed Assessment Ends Next Week
  3. Help for Handlers from USDA National Organic Program (NOP) Video
  4. America’s First Certified Organic Drive Through
  5. More than 50 Bipartisan Members of Congress Sign Letter to Support Organic Ag Funding
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Organic Produce Network (OPN)
Wholesum Family Farms
Awe Sum Organics
AMF Farms / Bay Baby Produce
Organic Produce Network (OPN)
Organic Grower Summit