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OPN Connect Newsletter 18 - June 29, 2017

What’s The Future of the Organic Check-Off?

What’s The Future of the Organic Check-Off?


By Melody Meyer 

After years of public debate and months of public comments the fate of the GRO Organic check-off now lies in the hands of the USDA. Lauded by many as the answer to organic funding needs, the program is also hotly contested by some farmers and conventional commodity groups. With the debate now quieted, the destiny of the organic check-off could come into view as early as this fall.

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In Their Words: Veritable's Bu Nygrens and Karen Salinger

In Their Words: Veritable's Bu Nygrens and Karen Salinger


Pictured co-owners Bu Nygrens, Mary Jane Evans and Karen Salinger

OPN Connect exclusive interview with pioneers of the organic trade  Bu Nygrens and Karen Salinger, co-owners at Veritable Vegetable. Beginning in the early 1970’s, Veritable Vegetables became part of a movement that sought to bring low-cost, nutritious food to neighborhood co-ops and community storefronts.

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Organic Seeds Continue to Grow 

Organic Seeds Continue to Grow 


By Mindy Hermann RD

Responding to the double digit growth of organic fresh produce production, the organic seed industry is continually developing seeds to meet supply chain needs for yield, disease resistance, and resource management. 

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Sambrailo Launches New Sustainable Packaging

Sambrailo Launches New Sustainable Packaging


By Jenn LaVardera, MS RD

In response to the growing demand for sustainability in packaging choices, Sambrailo’s new ReadyCycle™ packaging provides an eco-conscious clamshell alternative that utilizes paperboard as the structural material as opposed to PET (polyethylene terephthalate, a type of plastic). 

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know


  1. Organic Foods and Beverages Market Predicted to Reach $320 billion by 2025
  2. Organic Trade Association Awards to Honor Three Standout Leaders
  3. Rodale Inc. Looks for Buyer
  4. Earthbound, Horizon Organic Parent Co. Launches New Tagline
  5. Organic Seed Trade Group Unveils New Mission
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