OPN Connect Newsletter 231 · August 19, 2021

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Costs for Organic Certification

Organic producers and handlers can now apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification. Applications for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program are due November 1, 2021.     Learn More

2. Jennifer Lester Moffitt Confirmed as USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Cal Organic May 2024

We are all so proud of our friend and colleague, Jenny Lester Moffit, who has been confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Undersecretary for USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs! Jenny joined the CDFA team seven years ago as Deputy Secretary and then became Undersecretary. Her experience working with her father managing the family organic walnut farm and processing operation brought valuable insight to CDFA, as did her service on the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.    Read More

3. Clean Juice Recruits Tim Tebow for Commercial TV Spots

Clean Juice, a USDA-certified organic juice bar franchise, has released a 30-second TV commercial featuring professional athlete and philanthropist Tim Tebow, according to a company press release. The commercial, the first of several renditions including theme-specific, 15-second spots, follows last month's announcement of Tebow's national brand ambassadorship with Clean Juice, whose reputation aligns with the brand's core values of healthy, clean living with a focus on raising the nutritional and educational value of organic food and beverage choices available to consumers.    Read More


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4. Erewhon Is a Certified B Corp

From its beginnings, Erewhon’s mission has always been to make healthy, pure, nutrient-rich foods and products available to all and to inspire people to eat better, eat less and live longer. We have worked towards this mission by maintaining the most impeccable standards for all products throughout our stores across prepared foods, grocery, nutrition, produce, and our juice & tonic bar. This commitment, along with our values-driven principles of taking care of our employees and communities, have allowed us to receive this prestigious certification.    Read More

5. Gladstone Land Acquires Organic Blueberry Orchards in Oregon & California

Gladstone Land Corporation announced that it has acquired approximately $42.3 million of farmland, blueberry plantings, and improvements located in Kern County, California, and Yamhill County, Oregon. Both farms are 100-percent certified organic. In connection with the acquisitions, Gladstone Land entered into triple-net leaseback agreements with the seller on each farm, ranging in length from 10 years to 15 years.    Read More

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