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HOW ADAPTOGENS AND OTHER HERBS FROM RUSSIA BECAME POPULAR



OUR FORMER MEDIATOR

Lon Ball is a speaker of AROMAHERB SHOW 2003

KLICKITAT ORGANIC FARM
LON BALL is the founder and president of Klickitat Organics, an organic herb company with staff in farms in China, Russia and the state of Washington, in the USA. Lon has served on the board of directors of several organic certification agencies such as; WSDA, OCIA, and OTA, and is the co-founder of Oregon, and Washington Tilth. Lon was also the founder of Trout Lake Farm Co., which he developed into 2000 acres of intensively farmed cropland. TLF became the premier producer, processor and marketer of organically grown medicinal plants and spices in 12 countries. He sold TLF in 2000, and started Klickitat Organics.

 http://www.aromaherbshow.com/index_044.htm 



A PRINTED WORD

by Jay B. Penick, President and CEO

ORGANIC FARM PUBLICATION

On becoming market focused.


Over the years, agricultural producers across the Northwest have become very good at economically and consistently producing high-quality products. Today, we're seeing a new wave of farmers and ranchers who are not only top producers, but who are also developing the marketing savvy and initiative needed to develop market niches and grow their businesses in new directions.

Our cover story about Lon Johnson and Trout Lake Farm Co. is a great example of taking quality production to new heights. Years ago, Lon accurately gauged the growing trend of more consumers demanding healthy and organic foods and medicines. Since then, he has positioned his business to be a credible and quality source of organically grown herbs. Others in agriculture are benefiting from Lon's growing business by partnering with him to grow products and provide organic inputs.

While some producers expand their existing businesses by selling products to new customers, others are finding creative ways to add value to their core products. Often this requires teaming up with other producers to create a new processing venture.

Due to the changing economics of farming, many are choosing to supplement their main business with a side venture for a new product or service. In this issue of Yields, you'll find several Farm Credit customers that have successfully added a new business endeavor.

Regardless of the marketing direction you may take, any change in your business will certainly impact your financial situation and risk-bearing ability- either positively or negatively. If you are considering a new venture, or making changes to your business, let your Farm Credit representative help you analyze your options and how they can affect your bottom line. We're proud to be financing the next generation of market-focused producers.

 READ IT ON http://www.keyherbs.com/history-01.htm 



BUYERS OF RUSSIAN HERBS IN BULK

They sold Russian Adaptogens and other herbs through the entire World

KLICKITAT ORGANIC FARM
Lon Ball was the founder of Trout Lake Farm, the famous organic Echinacea producer, founded in 1973. He continued farming here after he sold TLF. The Trout Lake Farm and the village of Trout Lake, is in the southern Cascade Mountains of Washington State. It is 23 miles north of the Columbia River and Hood River, OR and sits at the base of 12,400 ft. Mt. Adams.

The whole area is virtually 100% organic with its three Organic Valley dairies and four herb farms all certified organic by Oregon Tilth. The irrigated field parts are nearly level. Water is delivered by gravity flow ditches that contribute wildlife habitat and wild flowers.

Nearby Hood River has become known as a world class mecca for windsurfing and kiteboarding. So here there is music, extreme sporting events (Gorge Games), great restaurants and shopping 25 minutes away. Portland International Airport is an hour and 20 minutes away via the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area on I-84. Here in the Valley there are snow sports, caving, fishing, horse, bike and running trails, kayaking to class 5, hiking, mountain climbing, and much more.

Trout Lake is the location of the Mt. Adams Gifford Pinchot Ranger Station (USFS). Population is 800 souls and an equal number of dairy cows. The friendly people here are a diverse group of well educated pioneer farmers and professionals. We are environmentally conscious and diverse in spirit with several churches and persuasions. Trout Lake School matriculates K-12 and 165 students in a quality new building with lots of windows. The 'Lake' is a 1,200 acre marshland habitat with over 160 species of birds and 700 species of plants now administered by the State as a wildlife refuge. Mt. Adams Wilderness and Indian Heaven wilderness are minutes away as is Tract 'D' Bird Creek Meadows (alpine) in the Yakima Indian Nation portion of Mt. Adams.

There is no place on Earth more beautiful.
 http://www.hammock.net/troutlake/ 




NATURAL FOODS MERCHANDISER

The March 1999 Issue of Natural Foods Merchandiser

ORGANIC FARM

Amway Bought The (Trout Lake) Farm



The multilevel marketing giant Amway acquired a majority interest in Trout Lake Farm late last year, according to a FDA release. Trout Lake, located in the Cascade mountains of Washington-state, is the largest U.S. organic herb farm.

Trout Lake grows more than 70 botanicals, constituting 3 million pounds of herbs annually, without the use of synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides. Amway, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., will use the organic herbs in its Nutrilite supplements line.

"Trout Lake Farm has been courted over the years by several interested parties," said Lon Ball, founder and president of Trout Lake. "We chose a partnership with Amway/Nutrilite because of our similar philosophies—environmentally sound farming practices that result in products of the highest quality, efficacy and safety for the consumer." Amway produces more than 200 food supplements, marketed by Amway distributors in 30 countries.

 http://www.newhope.com/nfm-online/nfm_Backs/mar_99/hbcnotes4.cfm 



BENEFICIAL RUSSIAN HERBS

The Posted 09/23/2002 News of Natural Products Industry Insider

ORGANIC INDUSTRY INSIDER

Klickitat Organics Formed



TROUT LAKE, Wash.--Klickitat Organics (KO) is a new raw material supplier of premium, lab-tested organic herbs to manufacturers of foods, seed, herbal medicines and teas. Lon Ball, founder and former owner of Trout Lake Farm, founded KO; he has worked for more than two years reviewing new botanical species for cultivation and commercialization to the phytopharmaceutical market. The company also offers in-house milling and blending capabilities.

 http://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/articles/2A1news16.html 



PUBLISHED POSITION

The Posted Nov, 23 2003 on the site of ©West Branch Times 2004

ORGANIC INDUSTRY INSIDER

Lon Ball



 http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1877&dept_id=134494&newsid=10536440&PAG=461&rfi=9 



ORGANIC BUSINESS NEWS

The author has purchased and sold LOTS of Russian herbs and we offer YOU the same business!

ORGANIC BUSINESS NEWS

OBN's Issues


To the Editor:

I was most gratified to see your article on Jim Riddle’s concerns about Mad Cow and NOP loopholes. I am an old curmudgeon of organics, being one of the three co-founders of Oregon Tilth and Washington Title. I was the founder of Trout Lake Farm, once the largest organic herb farm in the world (sold to Amway in 1999).

I attach a copy [following this paragraph] of my pre-made cow correspondence trying to alarm people of the greatest loophole or rather sieve hole in the NOP. The loophole is the 95% rule. Contaminated childe reports sparked this letter below. So, Mr. Riddle is absolutely right, in my opinion. I argued that the original intent of the regional certification agencies coming up with a 5% exclusion was for minerals and highly processed minor ingredients like baking soda, pectin, enzymes, etc. and not spices and medicinal herbs and whole botanical or animal products. This was seen by OTQA as a valid concern but not on the radar screen because of the big three controversies of irradiations, sludge and GMO’s. The issue was never seriously addressed until now.


To Our Organic Compatriots:

I would like to draw your attention to an example of the ever-present risk to NOP and the entire organic movement from the 5%-95% rule for minor ingredients. Please look up and read the article entitled, “India Clamps down on Illegal Dye Exports”. There has been an international recall on Indian chile that was dyed with a carcinogenic substance. The question of this communique is,” Did carcinogenic red dye come into the organic food supply system under the skirts of the 5% rule that allows u to 5% of non-organic ingredients to be used in organically labeled products I submit that this is virtually unknowable without analytical testing.

Most spices are imported to the US from Third world countries like India. Admittedly, chilies are not as likely to be an unavailable as a certified ingredient as, say, turmeric. But funding may be more likely with a common ingredient than an uncommon one from the standpoint of frequency and volume of use. Aside form the cheating possibility, what extra-commercial assurance is there that a standard conforming ‘unavailability’ ingredient is not contaminated over EPA action levels? Fatherland Security Act policing levels at US borders may actually be diverting resources away form normal food quality inspections, which have always been sporadic at best.

This Indian childe contamination provides a showcase example of the Achilles’ heel of our organic standards. ‘When available’ language in the NOP labeling standards does not provide any audit trail, quality control follow up or Third party oversight for non organic (but organically PDP labeled) ingredients other than commercial FDA and EPA regulation. The conundrum of enforcement of the test of “when available” non-certified ingredients could easily cause an embarrassing breach of public confidence in organic certification and the NOP and OTA. If a Federal recall reached into organically labeled products because of this dangerous, weakly enforceable loophole allowing use of non-organic agricultural ingredients, the consumer might cease to see a substantive difference between organic food and conventional food.

Some of you might be included to say, “This just Lon’s old harp dating back to 1990 enabling legislation”. Regardless, ingredient availability is simply a matter of forward contracting these days and we all need to ask ourselves if a potential breach in the safety of organic products is worth the risk. What is the risk benefit ratio, as the old corporate axiom goes? The 5% rule, as applied to agricultural ‘minor’ ingredients, is simply an anachronism. Each of you good people, please do what you can to change the NOP rules to provide that PDP organic agricultural ingredients be organically certified.

Yours,
Lon (Johnson) Ball
 http://www.hotlineprinting.com/obnforum.html 



MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY

Why Do Kids Kill?

ORGANIC POSITION NEWS

It''s Our Fault

By Lon Ball

Who in this world could hate so much [as to kill]?

We do.

Our children learn from their home, community, society and their world. Looking at what''s happening in all areas of learning for a child, why would we expect anything different from our children? We shouldn''t, and to act shocked when our children act as we do is simply preposterous. We teach our children to fear, not respect. We teach our children to hate, not to love. We teach our children to judge, not to accept. We teach our children that no matter what the action, as long as you can justify it, it can be accepted. We, the human race do this, no one else.

Can we stop it? Yes!

Choose to take a stand. Choose to support those who do. Choose to follow a new way. Choose to help create a new world. This is what will stop our children from judging, hating, fearing and killing one another. It is time for a new, united consciousness filled with acceptance, love, respect and life.

For our children's sake, are we brave enough, courageous enough, to take the first step?

 http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/articles/3599 



HERBAL SYMPOSIUM

TROPICAL CONSERVANCY -- Publisher of BIODIVERCITY

ORGANIC BUSINESS NEWS

25-28 October 2003 - Conference Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

27 October 2003 Research & Commercialization of Medicinal Plants

Lon Ball:   International trade in organic botanicals. US.

 http://www.tc-biodiversity.org/biosympoverview.htm 



BUSINESS JOURNAL

Week of January 11, 1999 -- Focus: Finance

ORGANIC BUSINESS NEWS BUSINESS JOURNAL

The search for capital

Another Veber client, Lon Ball, last month sold a bare majority of his organic herb farm, Trout Lake Farm LLC in Southwest Washington, to direct sales giant Amway Corp. Amway, a long-time buyer of Trout Lake produce, uses the herbs in its Nutrilite brand of food supplements. That transaction was less market-driven than some others, but Ball still chose now to part with a stake in his 20-year-old farm, after having been courted by several interested parties over the years.

 http://www.veber.com/veber_news_search_for_capital.htm 



ORGANIC PRODUCTS

Azure Standard's Products Collection

ORGANIC BUSINESS NEWS BUSINESS JOURNAL

Azurestandard.com

Selling the Klickitat Organic’s products, Oregon Spice Company is dedicated to quality control ensuring that their customers will get only the cleanest, most natural products possible; unadulterated by sulfates, irradiation, or extraneous material. They market only the freshest, highest quality herbs, spices and produce from around the world.

 http://www.azurestandard.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=shp.brandIndex 



TO U.S. SECRETARIES

To: Hon. Madeleine Albright Secretary of State
and Hon. Bill Richardson Secretary of Energy


December 13, 2000



Dear Secretaries Albright and Richardson:

We are writing to urge you to deny any request by Russia to allow the storage and/or disposition of irradiated nuclear fuel, or high-level atomic waste, of U.S. origin in that country, whether in a program led by Minatom, or by any other entity.

It is no secret that Minatom, the Russian nuclear agency, has been actively seeking to change Russia’s laws to allow it to import irradiated nuclear fuel from various countries around the globe. Indeed, a December 1998 letter from Yevgeny Adamov to Energy Secretary William Richardson even suggested the possibility of importing U.S. high-level nuclear waste to Russia on a commercial basis. Although the U.S. appropriately rejected that possibility, Mr. Adamov has reportedly engaged in negotiations with other countries, including Switzerland and Germany, for similar ends.

Signed by: Lon Ball, "Friends of the White Salmon"

 http://www.nirs.org/intl/russianimportwastelttr.htm 



LATE FRIDAY NEWS

LATE FRIDAY NEWS, 106th Edition

ORGANIC BUSINESS NEWS

AQUACULTURE CORNER - AROUND THE CORNER


Consumer protest of shrimp

I would like to suggest a simple strategy. I have a personal commitment to avoid aquaculture shrimp and enquire everywhere I go where shrimp is on the shelf or on the menu about the source. Invariably the waitress or cashier is oblivious about the issue and I am referred to an unavailable manager.

I suggest a simple brochure be developed and attached to your Late Friday News and the Earth Island magazine, etc. as an educational and protest tool. Space for customer comments could be left for notes to managers, PR people or board members.

An example of unexpected ignorance is a visit to the upscale Wild Oats Market in Cherry Hills (Denver, CO) store where they hadtwo pound frozen bags of prawns that were labeled "farm grown". The floor help and cashiers were totally unaware that shrimp were a controversial issue. A simple written document could turn them around as they take pride in being "green".

The informational elements need to be in simple language and edited to be succinct and hard hitting. Informed chefs could feel in tune with environmental problems and feel that they have a role to play in solutions. Thank you for your diligent and kind work.

From Lon Ball
 http://www.earthisland.org/map/ltfrn_106.htm 



HORTICULTURAL CONGRESS

Alberta Horticultural Congress & Prairie West Horticultural Trade Show

ORGANIC BUSINESS NEWS

Roseroot - Breaking The World Market

Thursday, November 13, 2003, CDC North, Edmonton Alberta CANADA
Lon Ball
The Russian herbal tradition culminating in Lazarev/Brekhmann adaptogens: the critical need for cultivation of Rhodeola rosea and its risk laden prospects in the world market.

 http://www.albertahortcongress.com/html/program.html 



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