OPN Connect Newsletter 148 · January 9, 2020

Top 5 Organic News to Help You Grow

1. Western Growers Urges Senate Action on Ag Labor Crisis

The U.S. Department of Labor-regulated hourly rate agricultural employers are required to pay H-2A temporary foreign agricultural workers (and domestic workers in corresponding employment) and Western Growers has joined the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) in calling on the U.S. Senate to address the agricultural labor crisis. 

Campos Borquez

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2. Joe Barsi Named as President of California Giant Berry Farms

As the new year and a new decade rolls in, California Giant continues its path of building a strong future for the company announcing Joe Barsi as their new President.

Organic Produce Summit 2020

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3. There's a New National Hemp Growers Assocation in Town 

The U.S. Hemp Growers Association (USHGA), the only national grower-directed hemp trade association, was officially formed in late December in Indianapolis. 

Ocean Mist

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4. Does a Loophole in Organic Standards Encourage Deforestation?

Fifty experts gather every year to predict the biggest food trends for the upcoming year. Store team members, global buyers, and culinary experts base these trends off of years of experience studying consumer preferences. Trends for 2019 included eco-conscious packaging and plant-based meats, so what does 2020 look like?


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5. Study Finds that Organic Produce can Benefit from Bug Bites

An unintended consequence of the National Organic Standards, the rules that govern certified organic agricultural production, actually provides an incentive for the conversion of critical ecosystems to organic cropland, fueling deforestation and biodiversity loss.

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