OPN Connect Newsletter 200 · January 14, 2021

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. NOP Changing Approach to Organic Oversight in India

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is changing its approach to organic oversight in India. USDA is ending its recognition agreement that has allowed APEDA-accredited certifiers to provide USDA organic certification in India. This change adapts to the evolution of organic supply chains over time and allows USDA to protect farms and businesses around the world that are following the rules.     Read More

2. Fruit World Experiences Exceptional Citrus Growing Season and Increases Organic Acreage

Stemilt January 2021

Fruit World, a family-owned, flavor-focused grower-shipper of organic and conventional fruit, is reporting an exceptional citrus growing season, including a variety of specialty citrus. The season’s varieties include conventional and organic mandarins as well as organic Cara Cara, Blood, and Navel oranges; organic Minneolas; and the company's year-round mainstay, organic lemons. Fruit World is also pleased to announce the transition of even more acreage towards organic certification.     Read More

3. North Shore Living Herbs + Greens Launches New Animated Video

North Shore Living Herbs + Greens is taking a new approach to consumer education, recently launching an animated video that details its hydroponic growing process from seed to store. The exclusive video takes viewers on a virtual tour of North Shore while expertly highlighting sustainability and product usage.     Read More


Chelan Fresh January 2021

4. AGCO’s New Leader Takes Reins

Just over 30 years ago, a new farm equipment company arose, and over its history, it has pulled in other companies to create a diverse, ag-focused business that sells everything from grain bins to combines and sprayers to tillage tools. And for 2021, AGCO has a new boss—meet Eric Hansotia. Hansotia is just the third CEO for AGCO, and he's succeeding Martin Richenhagen, an outspoken industry leader who has doubled sales at the company and pushed the stock price up fourfold during his tenure.     Read More

5. Senators Introduce Justice for Black Farmers Act

On December 1, United States Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) released a landmark new bill to support existing and aspiring Black farmers. The 78-page bill would provide increased resources for all farmers, but particularly for Black farmers, through increased land access, education, and funding for existing USDA programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program.     Learn More

Shenandoah Growers Jan2021

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