OPN Connect Newsletter 335 · August 31, 2023

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Charlie’s Produce's P.J. Cawley and Laura Severance Discuss Growth of Farmer's Own Organics Brand

To witness the evolution of a fresh produce brand is a gift we trade news writers do not take for granted. One of the suppliers whose strategies we are seeing come to light is Charlie’s Produce. The company's Farmer’s Own Organics brand has recently been bolstered by a creative rebrand, new product additions, and exciting company milestones.  Read More

2. New Online Resources Available to the Organic Sector

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The National Organic Program has a new online resource available to boost the workforce in the organic produce sector through education. Their new learning course, “Growing the Organic Workforce,” aims to support the sector by assisting in training qualified organic professionals as well as promoting initiatives in market development, organic integrity, diversity, and accessibility.  Read More

3. Organic Growers Seek Climate Change Solutions Via Farm Bill 

As Congress hammers out the 2023 Farm Bill, growing interest in the impacts of agriculture on climate could give organic farmers more political sway as they advocate for funding and programs that help them.  Read More


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4. Can Organic and Conventional Produce Be Priced the Same in Stores? 

Could fresh-cut organic herbs and various lettuce varieties be priced the same as their conventional counterparts in stores? Impossible, or at least not sustainable, many will think. Yet, the Dutch company Fresh Organic Choice is already achieving this and has it as a long-term strategy.  Read More

5. USDA OIG Publishes Report Highlighting AMS Work to Strengthen Organic Enforcement 

The USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts independent audits and investigations of the Department's programs and operations. OIG also investigates and publishes informational reports on topics of significant interest to USDA stakeholders. The OIG has published an informational report detailing control activities implemented by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) to strengthen enforcement of the USDA organic regulations.  Read More

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