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OPN Connect Newsletter 118 · June 6, 2019

Top 5- Organic News to Help You Grow


1. Grimmway Acquires Lake Park-based Generation Farms

Grimmway Farms, the world’s largest producer of carrots and the nation’s largest producer of organic vegetables, announced today that it has acquired the southern Georgia and north Florida processing facilities and assets of Lake Park, Georgia-based Generation Farms.

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2. California Farmers Report Climbing Scarcity of Employees

It’s a pressing concern-and an increasing one at that-for California farmers: farm worker scarcity. And according to a new study, Still Searching for Solutions: Adapting to Farm Worker Scarcity Survey 2019 from the California Farm Bureau Foundation and UC Davis, the problem shows no sign of letting up.

Organic Ag Products

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3. Domex Superfresh Sales on Par Thank to Summer “Workhorse” Varieties

As summer approaches, Superfresh Growers® dissects retail scan data, keeping a finger on the pulse of the apple and pear categories. April data show that core varieties and organics lifted the apple category, which has been trending downward over 52 weeks, to a level on par with April 2018.

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4. Why Are Bitcoin and Avocado Prices Eerily Mirroring Each Other?

We’ve seen the correlation between avocado and bitcoin prices before. So do Trump’s new measures against Mexico indicate a ‘buy’ signal? Looking at Bitcoin/Avocado demographics, millennials may indeed by the key ingredient.

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5. USDA’s NOP Announces Stricter Enforcement for Organic Container Systems

Earlier this week, the National Organic Program (NOP) of the USDA published a memo that will put a stop to the practice of allowing organic certification for container systems produced on land managed with substances, such as the herbicide glyphosate, which are not permitted in organic production.

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