OPN Connect Newsletter 49 · February 1, 2018

Weekly Top 5: Organic News You Need to Know 

To Fight Fraud, California Reverses Organic Reporting Requirements

Source: Sustainable Food News

California rolled out new organic regulations last year in an effort to streamline processes for the state's 2,700 organic farmers, who contribute 40 percent to the nation's $40 billion organic food market.

The regulations, enacted Jan. 1, 2017, under the California Organic Food and Farming Act (COFFA), the first update to the state's organic program in more than a decade, reduced the amount of information from organic operations required to register with the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) State Organic Program (SOP).

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Preparing for the 2017 Census of Agriculture: What to Expect

Preparing for the census is sort of like preparing for tax season. You will need basic farm or ranch information like acreage, how the land is used, breakdowns of income, expenditures, inventory, products used, farm labor, etc. Financial ledgers or whatever system you use for bookkeeping is essential. Items like weight slips, check stubs, bank statements, etc. may all come in handy. 

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Stemilt January 2021

Kickoff Expo West at OFRF’s 21st Annual Benefit Luncheon, Thursday, March 8, 2018

Planning to attend Expo West this year? Don’t miss the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s delicious all-organic feast and benefit for organic farming research. Prepared by celebrity chefs Donna Prizgintas and Chris Blobaum, with assistance from chef Beth Miller, this luncheon is one of the best opportunities to network with organic industry leaders while in Anaheim.

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Organics Deemed 'Best Prospect' for U.S. Exporters in Major EU Market

Source: Sustainable Food News

Organics is one of six food products representing the "best prospects" for U.S. business, according to the Office of Agricultural Affairs of the American Embassy in Paris.

The satellite USDA branch has released a new report revealing that just 29 percent of organic products consumed in France are imported and mainly consist of exotic produce, fruits and vegetables, soy, and a variety of grocery products, as well as fruit juices and seafood.

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Kroger's Simple Truth Brand Reaches $2 Billion in Annual Sales

The Simple Truth brand now offers more than 1,400 unique products across multiple categories, including grocery, meat, produce, deli, bakery, baby, household essentials, personal care and Fair Trade Certified. With the help of 84.51° insights, Simple Truth® will continue to innovate and introduce new items in 2018 that align with customer trends and are always affordable.

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Chelan Fresh January 2021

"It’s important to speak out with accurate information so that farmers and consumers have a clear perspective on organic policy and production."

Miles McEvoy

Former Deputy Administrator, AMS, USDA

Shenandoah Growers Jan2021

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