OPN Connect Newsletter 338 · September 21, 2023

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company Announces West Coast Expansion 

Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company, the nostalgic and authentic juice brand beloved for its use of high-quality, clean ingredients, is responding to persistent consumer demand across the West Coast with the announcement of several major retailer partnerships in the region to significantly increase the availability of its award-winning juices.  Read More

2. USDA OREI Grant Expands UC Davis Organic Ag Education 

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UC Davis's student-led program in organic farming will expand to include new crops and new partners, with the aim of exporting its educational model to other institutions. The expansion is being funded with a $2 million grant from the Organic Research and Extension Initiative, part of the United States Department of Agriculture.  Read More

3. Organic Honey Bee Colony Management is Best for Bees and Beekeepers 

Organic honey bee management practices are based on implementing approved chemical and cultural methods for pest and pathogen control. However, experimental data is scarce about the benefits that implementing such practices has on colony health and productivity. In this webinar, you will learn how to effectively implement organic management practices into a beekeeping operation and the advantages that such practices have on colony survival and honey production.  Read More


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4. US is the Top Destination for Organic Bananas from Ecuador

The export of Ecuadorian organic bananas has recovered in 2023, and the organic commodity's main market is the United States. Between January and July 2023, Ecuador exported 357,140 tons of organic bananas, according to data from the Central Bank. Of that amount, 76% was destined for the United States.  Read More

5. FarmSense Pest Monitoring System Promotes Sustainability 

FarmSense’s pest monitoring system, which helps growers grow in a sustainable manner, has won worldwide recognition.  Read More



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