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OPN Connect Newsletter 137
Vegetable Transition, Advanced.Farm Robotics, Brandon Grimm, HarvestMark, and more...
It has been close to two decades since Grimmway Farms purchased its neighbor, Cal-Organic Farms, and became a significant player in the organic vegetable business. Many people believe that the company’s organic division is the largest organic growing operation in the country.
Over the past five years, more than 40 percent of California farmers haven’t been able to find the workers they needed to produce their key crops, according to a California Farm Bureau survey. Devastating stories abound of perfectly good food left on the field and this year was no exception. For an industry worth $550 billion to the US economy and its people, this is a scary statistic.
After a relatively lackluster summer, the f.o.b. price on organic celery is once again climbing and could reach dizzying heights as demand will almost certainly increase over the next month.
HarvestMark was founded in 2004, and initially developed tracking technology to help authenticate electronic goods and pharmaceuticals in order to combat counterfeits. That all changed in 2006, following the spinach crisis.
1. Mission Produce Highlights Hazel Technologies Partnership
2. Driscoll Joins Ceres-WWF AgWater Challenge
3. Stemilt Celebrates Apple Lovers at PMA
4. Baja Son Offering Year Round Organic Green Onions
5. Jacob Pachenik to Keynote CCOF Foundation Feast at OGS