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OPN Connect Newsletter 9
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 13 Percent Growth in Organic Farms in U.S. From 2015-2016
- Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) Asks NOSB to Hold Proposing Seed Regulation Changes
- USDA Cancels Reimbursement for Transitional Certification Fees
- Leopold Center for Sustainable Ag Faces Shutdown at Iowa State
- California’s Baloian Farms Introducing New Organic Produce Items