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WEBINAR: U.S. Climate Policy & Organic Agriculture

The second in Organic Trade Association’s summer Webinar series on climate change will begin with a scientific grounding in the connections between organic practices and associated increases in soil carbon, and reductions in nitrogen pollution. From there, members of the trade association’s Board of Directors will share news about the Board’s recent work on policy principles to support organic as a key to mitigating climate change. Panelists will discuss legislation introduced in the U.S. House and Senate that prioritizes agricultural solutions, as well as a new report from the U.S.
Date: 
Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:15

WEBINAR: Organic & Climate – Breakthrough Progress in the EU

As part of its effort to become climate neutral by 2050, the EU's Green Deal calls for 25% of Europe's agriculture to be transitioned to organic (nearly triple the current area) by 2030. Join us to learn more about this bold effort to create a fair, healthy and environmentally beneficial food system. We'll discuss how leaders in the organic movement were able to successfully advocate for organic's inclusion in this sweeping program.

Date: 
Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:15

Jeff Huckaby

Company: 
Grimmway Farms and Cal-Organic Farm
Award: 
Farmer of the Year
Year: 
2020
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Jeff Huckaby, currently President of Grimmway Farms and Cal-Organic Farms, started farming organically in 1999 as a farm manager for Grimmway in Bakersfield, California, growing several hundred acres of organic carrots. In 2000, he took over all of Grimmway’s organic farming operations throughout California. A year later, he became general manager of Cal-Organic Farms after Grimmway purchased Cal-Organic to expand their organic operation. Today he still leads the organic operations as President.

Meg Plucinski

Company: 
D&M Family Farm
Award: 
Rising Star
Year: 
2020
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Meg Plucinski and her husband, Derek, have been dairy farming for the majority of their lives. Together, they operate D&M Family Farm, a 341-acre dairy farm in Wisconsin where their animals graze intensively on well-maintained, award-winning pastures. In addition, they raise certified organic beef, pork, and poultry sold from their online farm store.

Jim Wedeberg

Company: 
Wedeberg Farm / CROPP Cooperative
Award: 
Growing Organic Community
Year: 
2020
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In 1988, Jim Wedeberg of Wedeberg Farm was one of seven farmers who helped found CROPP Cooperative in Wisconsin, and became the fledgling cooperative’s first dairy member. Jim was a driving force in the early years, serving as a leader in the quickly growing organic farming community before there were even organic standards to guide them.

 
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WEBINAR - COVID-19 and the Shifting Retail Landscape

With a full quarter of results to draw from since the COVID-19 crisis began, we will take a look at how the retail landscape has changed. Where is the supply chain holding together, and where is it challenged? Which products and categories hold greater appeal with shoppers at this time? How have buying patterns changed since the initial panic purchasing began, and as a result of social distancing measures in stores?

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Date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:15

WEBINAR - Labor Issues and COVID-19

 

Labor is one of the key inputs for the entire organic supply chain, beginning with the workers in the fields, continuing through the people working in packing, processing, distribution and retail. Given the current operating reality of COVID-19, learn how industry leaders are pivoting to practices that care for and protect their employees while ensuring a safe, available food supply. We'll also hear about labor availability, and receive an update on the processing of H2A visas.

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Date: 
Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:15

WEBINAR: Organic Inspectors During COVID-19: Challenges & Solutions

As the outbreak of the COVID-19 creates organic supply chain disruptions, so does the need for continuity of organic inspection operations. In this webinar, you will learn about the unique challenges of the organic sector and how the Organic Trade Association, the Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA) and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) are working together to ensure organic compliance and the integrity of the organic supply chain.

Date: 
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:15

WEBINAR: Exploring Trends and Opportunities for Organic Products around the World

 

Continued shifts in consumer health preferences and sustainability-minded consumers are further driving organic product sales around the world. This webinar will provide an overview of newly updated global organic data, highlighting observations and trends to compare important markets and opportunities for US producers and exporters. If you are currently exporting your products around the world or looking to learn more about export opportunities, this webinar will provide meaningful insights and detail further resources to help grow your international market.  

Date: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00

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