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OPN Connect Newsletter 74 · July 26, 2018

Weekly Top 5: Organic News To Help You Grow


OFRF Announces New Process & Schedule for Next Grant Round

With demand for their research grants growing every year, OFRF is modifying its grant funding process to include a Letter of Intent prior to the submission of a full proposal. Letters of Intent are due no later than August 15, 2018. Those invited to submit full proposals will be notified in the fall. Grant funding will be announced in spring 2019.

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Misionero Expands Organic Earth Greens Product Line with On-Trend Options

Misionero, leading grower of organic leafy greens, is proud to announce the expansion of its organic Earth Greens product line to include Little Gems and Butter Lettuce varieties. The brand expands the product line in an effort to provide more options and flavor profiles for shoppers looking to embellish their salad bowls.

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Kroger Posts $17 Billion in Organic, Natural Product Sales

The Kroger Co., the nation's biggest supermarket chain, has released its 12th annual sustainability report, revealing that 2017 sales of natural and organic products reached nearly $17 billion.

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PA Gives $500,000 to Rodale Institute to Fund Organic Research

On July 20th, state legislators gathered at Rodale Institute announced $500,000 in appropriations funding dedicated to the Institute's research on organic methods.

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Restructuring Plan Helped Organics Pioneer

Organically Grown Company, a Eugene, Ore-based organic produce wholesaler, recently announced a novel restructuring that could hold promise for mission-driven entrepreneurial ventures, too. The deal involved selling itself to a perpetual purpose trust, allowing OGC to focus on its mission without worrying about quarterly profits, providing investor exits or being forced to sell to a bigger food company. 

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"We have a great shared opportunity to unite against fraud. Our common enemy is the set of bad actors who are hurting organic farms and businesses by breaking the rules. Organic farmers and businesses, buyers, retailers and certifiers are all in this together – and we have a tremendous opportunity to create a united and strong community with a common goal of insuring the reliability of our system."

Dr. Jennifer Tucker 
Deputy Administrator of the USDA’s National Organic Program

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