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OPN Connect Newsletter 45
OPN asked organic industry insiders to share their thoughts on organic produce trends for 2018. Our experts had plenty to say about who drives trends, what upcoming items may become consumer obsessions and what issues concern them most.
Many of the top issues facing organic farmers are those all farmers face: smaller margins, increasing competition from non-traditional growers like hydroponics, a robust regulatory environment, pest control, food safety, the need for research, water, and labor.
Perhaps in a nod to the next frontier of business opportunities in organic growing, the most popular educational breakout session at the sold-out inaugural Organic Grower Summit was “Organic Disruption — Cannabis: The Next Frontier.”
General attendee registration for the third annual Organic Produce Summit will open on Monday, January 8. Special “Early Bird” pricing is available during the month of January for the only event dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce growers, shippers and processors with retailers and buying organizations across North America.
- USDA Recognizes Organic Agriculture as a Priority with $10 Million in Grants
- Brexit Could Produce a Shift Towards Organic Production
- The Year of the Consumer
- Asia’s ‘Large and Disparate Number of Organic Standards’ Calls Certification into Question at Ecovia Conference
- Top 10 Fresh Organic Foods of 2017