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OPN Connect Newsletter 9 - April 27, 2017

Overview of National Organic Standards Board Meeting

Overview of National Organic Standards Board Meeting


By Mindy Hermann

The next steps for the NOSB Crops Subcommittee include further clarification of terms and a proposal for a vote as early as this fall on separate definitions of aeroponics, aquaponics, and hydroponics and on whether each is allowed under organic rules.

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Ocean Mist
In Their Words: Vic Savanello

In Their Words: Vic Savanello


Vic Savanello, Allegiance Retail Services/Foodtown Inc. Senior Director of Produce and Floral , chats with OPN Connect about his career in retail, his views on organic fresh growth, the biggest challenges and more. 

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Wholesum Family Farms
April NOSB Meeting: Why it’s Important to be Part of the Organic Process

April NOSB Meeting: Why it’s Important to be Part of the Organic Process


Originally established by the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA), and governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the NOSB considers and makes recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and processing of organic products. It's important that industry members are part of the process. 

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Organic Produce Network (OPN)
California Organic Blueberry Season Kicks Off

California Organic Blueberry Season Kicks Off


Outstanding growing conditions have resulted in premium quality and plentiful supplies of organic California blueberries as production of this year’s crop begins. Industry members Homegrown Organic Farms, U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council and Naturipe share their outlook for the season. 

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Now That We Understand Millennials -- Generation Z and Organic Produce

Now That We Understand Millennials -- Generation Z and Organic Produce


No one doubts Millennials and Generation X are having a huge influence on food trends, especially in building the growing demand for organic produce.  Three studies about the next generation of influencers – Generation Z -- help understand how they are influencing food trends and the new changes they will bring to the marketplace. 

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Organic Week in Brief: Five Need to Knows

Organic Week in Brief: Five Need to Knows


  1. 13 Percent Growth in Organic Farms in U.S. From 2015-2016
  2. Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) Asks NOSB to Hold Proposing Seed Regulation Changes
  3. USDA Cancels Reimbursement for Transitional Certification Fees
  4. Leopold Center for Sustainable Ag Faces Shutdown at Iowa State
  5. California’s Baloian Farms Introducing New Organic Produce Items
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Wholesum Family Farms
Organic Produce Network (OPN)
AweSum Organics
Organic Grower Summit