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OPN Connect Newsletter 336 · September 7, 2023

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow


1. “The Future of Ag Will Depend on Technology” 

Superfresh Growers, based in Yakima, Washington, has been farming for over a century and is a major name in the apple, pear, cherry, and blueberry industries. The company was founded by the Kershaw family, who migrated to the Pacific Northwest in the mid-1800s, and is currently headed by fifth-generation owner Robert Kershaw.  Read More

2. Organic Pears Thrive in Hood River Microclimate

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This spring was a nearly optimal pear growing season in the Pacific Northwest, with moderate weather and not too many extremely hot days. As a result, the region is looking forward to a solid organic pear crop. “Average sizes might be just a bit smaller than normal, but overall crop volume looks very typical compared to the five-year average,” says Ben Johnson of Bridges Produce. “In addition, fruit quality is looking great.”  Read More

3. Oregon Tilth Promotes Transition to Organic Partnership Program 

The USDA Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) Northwest Regional Lead, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, is casting a wide net with its partners to spread TOPP messaging throughout farming communities.  Read More

 

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4. Grimmway Farms and Cal-Organic Farms Named Albertsons 2023 Produce Supplier of the Year 

To be recognized by a retail partner makes all the difference in the world. It shows a commitment and dedication that speaks volumes when conducting both new and old business. For Grimmway Farms and Cal-Organic Farms, this honor came from longtime customer Albertsons who recently presented the company with the Albertsons 2023 Produce Supplier of the Year Award.  Read More

5. Organics Unlimited Selects Food Innovator as Recipient of First Carlos Cortes Scholarship 

The Organics Unlimited GROW Fund has selected Carmen Leticia Hidalgo Mujica as the first recipient of the Carlos Cortes Scholarship. This $15,000 scholarship honors the work and memory of organic banana pioneer Carlos Cortes Sr. and is awarded to an individual whose journey embodies the values of commitment to social responsibility, fair-trade, and sustainability while championing innovation in the food industry.  Read More

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