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OPN Connect Newsletter 27 - August 31, 2017

Veg-Fresh Ups Game on Organic Front

Veg-Fresh Ups Game on Organic Front


From its beginning in 1989, Corona, CA, based Veg-Fresh Farms has had a committed organic component to its business, but the sector of the business expanded tremendously four years ago and exponentially the past two years.

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 In Their Words: Ron Clark Imperfect Produce

In Their Words: Ron Clark Imperfect Produce


OPN recently caught up with Ron Clark, chief supply officer and one of the co-founders of Imperfect Produce. Ron has an extensive produce background, having worked for California food banks for 15 years sourcing “ugly” produce before he joined Imperfect.   

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OPN Co-Founder Tonya Antle Featured Speaker at AMPHAC

OPN Co-Founder Tonya Antle Featured Speaker at AMPHAC


Tonya Antle, Cofounder and EVP of The Organic Produce Network,  was a featured speaker this past week at AMHPAC (Mexican Association for Protected Agriculture). This association is a group of 280 companies related to the production, packaging, distribution and inputs in the production chain of protected agriculture.

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Organic Fruit and Vegetable Producers: Sonny Perdue Wants You!

Organic Fruit and Vegetable Producers: Sonny Perdue Wants You!


By Melody Meyer 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced they are accepting nominations from fruit and vegetable industry members to fill 10 seats on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). Originally chartered in 2001, the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) meets up to two times per year to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on issues affecting the fruit and vegetable industry.

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 


  1. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc Launches Fundraiser for Organic Farmers Association
  2. Organic Produce Retail Sales Hit Double Digits for First Time in Q2
  3. Valuing Farmers in the Whole Foods Acquisition
  4. Dutch Want Hydroponic to be Accredited as Organic
  5. National Organic Program Suspends a Dozen Operations
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