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OPN Connect Newsletter 182
Woodspur Farms, Panetta on OCCSP, Tomato Update, Pelger on Organic Displays, and More...
Organic tomatoes have been in relative short supply this summer, resulting in higher f.o.b. prices. As we head into Labor Day weekend, industry experts weigh in on the shortages, projections and recent trends.
The organic produce category has exploded over the past five to ten years - yet remains steady at only ten percent of total produce sales. As organic farming expands, retailers also have the opportunity to display more organic fruits and vegetables. OPN contributor Ron Pelger provides insight on how the retail industry can continue boosting sales.
Woodspur Organic Date Farms is the largest multi-site organic date grower in the United States. Ninety-five percent of Woodspur's acreage is certified organic, with the remaining 5 percent in transition, and the grower harvests about 16 million pounds of dates to be sold as whole fruit per year.
The Organic Certification Cost Share Program is an important tool that offsets the cost of organic certification, helping small and mid-sized organic farm businesses to become certified organic. FSA plans to lower the rate from 75 percent to 50 percent of eligible expenses. On the heels of the proposed change, last week Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) joined House Agriculture Subcommittee Chairwoman Stacey E. Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) and several of his colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, expressing strong concern of the reduction of the OCCSP.
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