OPN Connect Newsletter 359 · February 22, 2024

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. “After an Extremely Pricey Year, Carrots Are Now Having an Extremely Wet One”

"After a year with crazy high prices, this year, the weather is putting its stamp on the carrot market. When the season started, we thought it would be a repeat of 1976, one of the driest years in decades. The seedlings grew quite well, but then it started raining cats and dogs in the summer. And we got so much water in the fall that the storage products have been submerged since early October," Kees Heegsma said, reflecting on the Dutch season. Read More

2. USDA Seeks Applications for Value-Added Grant Program to Help Farmers and Ranchers Seek New Markets

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The USDA is now accepting applications for grants to help agricultural producers maximize the value of their products and venture into new and better markets. The USDA is making the grants available under the Value-Added Producer Grants program. The grants help farmers and ranchers generate new products, create marketing opportunities, and increase their incomes through value-added activities. Read More

3. Belgian Researchers Provide a Strong Boost to Sustainable Agriculture

Much has been written about the European Climate Law and the European Nitrate Directive. Besides social concerns, drastically reducing greenhouse gases by 2030 and structurally lowering the use of nitrogen in agriculture poses significant challenges. Researchers from the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology now present concrete research results to lower nitrogen usage by targeting microorganisms in the soil. Read More


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4. Randall “Randy” Konsker: Leading the Way in Regenerative and Organic Agriculture

Randall “Randy” Konsker is a beacon of hope and innovation in the field of agriculture, specializing in regenerative and organic growing practices. With a wealth of experience and expertise, Randall “Randy” Konsker is recognized as a skilled and highly experienced professional, providing expert guidance and advice to farmers and agricultural businesses aiming to adopt sustainable and environmentally friendly farming methods. Read More

5. Carbon Robotics Releases New LaserWeeder Model

Carbon Robotics has announced the Track LaserWeeder, a new model of its proven LaserWeeder, and two software enhancements: spatial data intelligence in the Carbon Ops Center and multi-language support in the iPad operator app. Read More

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