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OPN Connect Newsletter 15 - June 8, 2017

In Their Words: Miles McEvoy

In Their Words: Miles McEvoy


OPN Connect recently chatted with Miles McEvoy, the Deputy Administrator for the National Organic Program (NOP) housed within the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). He has worked in organic agriculture for more than 25 years and in 1988 was named the first organic inspector for the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).

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Ocean Mist
What’s New at the USDA for Organic Producers?

What’s New at the USDA for Organic Producers?


By Melody Meyer

The USDA offers many resources to help organic producers navigate the roadmap to successful farming. Tune into some of the opportunities to learn more and participate in the USDA programs that can assist you in the future.

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Organic Ag Products
In Their Words: Tom Deardorff II

In Their Words: Tom Deardorff II


The predecessor company to Deardorff Family Farms was founded in Los Angles in 1937 as a distributor for local growers.  In the 1960s, the firm began its transition to Ventura County and to grower-shipper status as the third generation of Deardorff joined the operation. Today, the company is led by fourth generation cousins Tom Deardorff II and Scott Deardorff, who engineered the addition of an organics focus more than a decade ago.  Tom discusses the transition with OPN in this edited and condensed transcript.

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Decas Cranberry
Ashley’s Better Bites: Organic Lettuce

Ashley’s Better Bites: Organic Lettuce


By Ashley Koff, RD

When I say lettuce, you say…??? Delicious? Boring? Nutritious? Not Really?

When it comes to lettuces, there’s a lot of confusion about what is better, so let me debunk that right now. Any organic lettuce is better. Even better? A variety of organic lettuces. Why? Let’s look at what organic lettuce can do for you.

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Organic Lettuce Market Stays Strong

Organic Lettuce Market Stays Strong


The market on organic lettuce was strong this week trading in the high $20s, largely because of the same issue plaguing all California production ---heavy spring rains which delayed plantings and caused production gaps moving into June.

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 


  1. Gladstone Acquires Organic Farmland in North Carolina and Arizona
  2. Robots Welding Water Knives are the Future of Farming – Agriculture Continues to Automate 
  3. Sun World founder Howard P. Marguleas Passes Away at 82 
  4. Call for Nominations: National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)
  5. Changes for U.S. Industrial Hemp Farming
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