OPN Connect Newsletter 198 · December 24, 2020

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Autumn Glory & Organic Apples and Pears Shine in November Data

Autumn Glory apple shipments were up during the month of November, and recent Nielsen data confirms stellar November sales. Autumn Glory placed in the top 20 not only nationally but in all nine Nielsen regions as well. Organic apple and pear sales also soared, with both categories having record organic share.     Read More

2. Employment Outlook Promising for New College Graduates in Agriculture

Starr Ranch May 2021

A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University suggests strong job demand for new college graduates with degrees in agricultural programs. College graduates can expect approximately 59,400 job opportunities annually between 2020 and 2025. This reflects 2.6-percent growth from the previous five years.     Read More

3. New OFRF Grant Explores Best Practices for Virtual Peer-to-Peer Farmer Learning

In OFRF national surveys of organic producers, farmers say that they consider peers to be the best source of information and guidance. In-person events such as farmer conferences also rate highly on the learning scale. Unfortunately, the challenges of this year have severely restricted these opportunities. Virtual peer learning programs can offer a solution by providing networking opportunities among farmers, both during the immediate crisis and on an ongoing basis.     Learn More


Country Sweet Produce May 2021

4. BioFlora Revamps Agriculture Products Page on its Website

BioFlora® announced that it has revamped its agriculture products page on its website. The new section on the website provides visitors not only with detailed product descriptions but also links to label and crop information, product videos, and the ability to request information.     Read More

5. Organic Management Practices for Allium Leafminer (ALM) Pest

The Allium Leafminer, an herbivore pest, was first reported in European countries (such as Denmark, Sweden, and Poland) and the Mediterranean Basin in 1976 and now is widespread in Europe. This invasive pest was first recorded on an allium crop in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in December 2015 and expanded to many other counties in Pennsylvania and adjacent states. With climate change, this pest is expected to spread to other states in the Northeast, causing damage to allium cropping.     Read More

Chelan Fresh May 2021

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