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Attendee Registration Now Open for 2nd Annual Organic Grower Summit


General attendee registration is now open for the Organic Grower Summit (OGS), slated for December 12-13 in Monterey, CA. A joint-production between California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Organic Produce Network (OPN), OGS will bring together the entire organic growing and production chain as well as service providers and supply chain partners for two days of information, education and networking opportunities.

The second annual OGS will offer organic growers, producers and handlers from fresh produce, dairy, meat and grain sectors the opportunity to meet and engage with suppliers, service providers, packaging and technology companies, equipment manufacturers and other companies critical to their success.

Attendee registration is $499, with discounts available for CCOF members and government and educational members.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the CCOF Foundation Dinner on Wednesday, December 12th. Registration to OGS includes admittance to the opening reception, educational sessions, keynote presentations, breakfast, lunch and trade show floor.

“Growers are key to meeting the demand for organic products and grower-driven events like OGS are important to their success,” says CCOF CEO Cathy Calfo. “Following the success of last year’s inaugural OGS, CCOF growers look forward to this rare opportunity to network with each other and with other organic sector leaders and innovators.”

OGS 2018 features an increase in show size to 90 exhibitor booths and 1,000 attendees.  New to OGS this year is a two-day format, with informative and educational sessions on core issues related to organic production, though-provoking and inspiring keynote speakers and an exhibition trade show floor on both days of the show.

Over 40 sponsors have confirmed their support of OGS. The tradeshow floor is nearly sold-out, with over half of the 90 available exhibitor spaces sold. Among participating exhibitors are leaders in the fields of seed, packaging, soil amendments, food safety and ag technology who will be connecting with organic field production staff, supply chain managers, pest management advisors and food safety experts.

Educational session panels at OGS will range in topics including:

  • Scaling Up Healthy Soil Practices
  • Sustainable Investing in your Organic Farming Future
  • Technology is not Just for "Big Ag"
  • Managing Organic Production Systems to Promote Plant Health
  • Giving Organic Beverages a Shot
  • Safeguarding the Organic Brand

“The response to the event has been resoundingly positive from the organic community. They see the benefit of an event connecting organic growers and farmers with those on the supply and service provider side of the business. As organics continues to grow, the need for expanded education and information throughout the organic production community will be vital to our continued success,” said Tonya Antle, co-founder of OPN.

For more information on the Organic Grower Summit, visit www.organicgrowersummit.com