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OPN Connect Newsletter 29 - September 14, 2017

In Their Words: Natalie Soghomonian – Three Sisters Organic

In Their Words: Natalie Soghomonian – Three Sisters Organic


By Melody Meyer

OPN recently caught up with Natalie Soghomonian, Vice President and Director of Farming Operations at Three Sisters Organic, a third generation producer of organic grapes and raisins in Fresno, California.

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Ocean Mist
Costco Sponsoring

Costco Sponsoring "Meet the Farmer" At Organic Grower Summit 2017; Exhibit Area Sold-Out for First Ever Event


The largest retailer of organic food sales in the United States announced their commitment to participating in the inaugural Organic Grower Summit (OGS) this coming December 13-14, in Monterey, CA. Costco, with annual fresh produce sales of $4 billion, will sponsor a half-day event providing certified organic farmers and growers the opportunity to meet with Costco buyers.

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Organic Ag Products
Promotion Opportunities Expected for Organic Apples

Promotion Opportunities Expected for Organic Apples


In a seemingly perpetual demand-exceeds-supply category, it appears retailers across the country will have plenty of opportunities to promote organic apples this season.

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Head of USDA’s organic program steps down after 8 years

Head of USDA’s organic program steps down after 8 years


Article Source: Food Safety News

The USDA’s National Organic Program will have new leadership as of October when Miles McEvoy steps down after eight years at the helm.

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Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 


  1. OFRF Now Accepting Applications for 2018 Grant Cycle
  2. Tri-Societies Annual Meeting Oct 22-25
  3. Organic Farming Stores More Carbon in soil by 26% 
  4. OFRF Outlines Research Priorities with NIFA 
  5. Consumer Food Fears 
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4Earth Farms
4Earth Farms
Ippolito / Queen Victoria
Organic Grower Summit 2018