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Huckaby Honored as Organic Grower of the Year


Jeff Huckaby, whose 25-year career with Grimmway Farms includes building its robust organic program and serving as president of the company, was honored as the "2022 Organic Grower of the Year" at last week’s Organic Grower Summit (OGS) in Monterey, CA.

 

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Get Prepared for New NOP Regs on Enforcement


Get prepared! That was the main message delivered by a handful of panelists who discussed the pending Strengthening Organic Enforcement Final Rule (which will be released shortly) at the Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, CA, last week.

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Organic Grower Challenges and Solutions Explored in OGS Ed Session


Last week at OGS 2022, the Organic Farming Research Foundation moderated a panel focusing on the challenges faced by organic growers and possible solutions to those challenges.

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"Less Chemistry and More Biology" and "Data Dive Into Organic Produce Sales" Ed Sessions Announced for OGS 2022


A pair of recently announced educational sessions will explore the growing importance of biologicals as a tool of organic crop production and offer a look at the growth of organic fresh produce sales at grocery stores across the nation this year as the final parts of the 2022 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by Western Growers and OPN educational program.

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Grimmway Farms' Jeff Huckaby Announced as OGS 2022 Grower of the Year


The Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and OPN will honor long-time organic grower Jeff Huckaby as the recipient of the fifth annual Grower of the Year award. Huckaby, President and CEO of Grimmway Farms, was selected based on his ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in organic production, organic industry leadership, and innovation.

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Grower Roundtable: The State of Organic Growing-Keynote Presentation Announced for OGS 2022


Leadership from three of the nation's most progressive organic growing operations have been confirmed as panelists for the keynote presentation at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit 2022 presented by Western Growers and OPN, slated for November 30–December 1 in Monterey, CA. 

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Three Ag Tech Ed Sessions Announced for Organic Grower Summit 2022


A trio of sessions focused on the ever-changing landscape of ag technology have been announced as part of the educational program for the upcoming Organic Grower Summit (OGS) 2022 presented by Western Growers and OPN, slated for November 30–December 1 in Monterey, CA.

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New OGS 2022 Ed Intensive Announced: "Exploring Organic Research: A Discussion of Organic Grower Challenges and Solutions"


A two-part ed intensive featuring the results of two recently released reports on organic farming and an in-depth workshop discussing how organic farmers can address current challenges has been announced as part of the 2022 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by Western Growers and OPN, slated for November 30–December 1 in Monterey, CA.

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"Regenerative Organic Marketing and Certification-What Lies Ahead?" Ed Session Announced for OGS 2022


As regenerative agriculture is reshaping how food is grown, a panel of organic industry leaders will address the trends and standards of regenerative organic marketing and certification at the Organic Grower Summit 2022 Presented by Western Growers and OPN, slated for November 30–December 1 in Monterey, CA.

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"The Growth, Opportunities, and Future of CEA Production" Educational Session Announced for OGS 2022


The explosive growth of CEA (controlled environment agriculture) production has reshaped the landscape of fresh food production, and a panel of fresh produce industry experts will examine what the future of this $100 billion industry may look like in the coming years in the second educational session announced as part of the educational program for the upcoming Organic Grower Summit (OGS) 2022 Presented by Western Growers and OPN, slated for November 30-December 1 in Monterey, CA.

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"Get Ahead of the Curve and Avoid Regulatory Speedbumps" Educational Session Announced for OGS 2022


Navigating and adhering to new compliance requirements for organic producers and handlers will be the subject of the first educational session announced as part of the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) 2022 presented by Western Growers and OPN educational program, slated for Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Monterey, CA.

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Exhibitor Booth Registration Open for "Organic Grower Summit 2022 Presented by Western Growers and OPN"


Exhibitor booth registration is now open for Organic Grower Summit (OGS) 2022 Presented by Western Growers and OPN, slated for November 30-December 1 in Monterey, CA. Organic supply chain partners and service providers are encouraged to sign up for a booth at OGS 2022, which features two days of information, education, and networking opportunities with organic growers.

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Opportunities & Challenges Exist in Mexico for Organics


Sales of organic produce to Mexican consumers are on the rise, but Mexican organic standards and labeling requirements can be challenging for growers to navigate.

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AgTech in the Field Offering Real ROI


During the “SmartFarm: AgTech in the Field” ed session at the recent Organic Grower Summit, moderator Bart Walker of Pacific Ag Rentals told the audience that he wanted to send them home with “actionable items” that could be immediately implemented on the farm.

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Scaling Offers Opportunities for Organic Produce Industry


Scaling organic production can be challenging, but several grower-shippers who have achieved success in building their programs shared their stories of becoming leaders in organic production during an educational session at the recent Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, CA.

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Vic Smith Honored as Organic Grower of the Year


Longtime grower Vic Smith, CEO of JV Smith Companies, received the "Grower of the Year" award at the recently held Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, CA.

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Dynamic Young Growers Taking the Lead


California’s organic farming movement began in the counterculture days of a generation ago when a cadre of young urbanites—passionate about the environment and healthy food—started farming specialty crops with little experience or background and no pesticides.

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OGS Delights & Serves Organic Community


From ag-tech presentations to continuing education classes for crop specialists to a dynamic keynote session featuring the next generation of organic growers to a trade show teeming with innovative farming solutions, the Organic Grower Summit checked all the boxes as the premier event for organic fresh produce production last week in Monterey, CA.

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Organic Grower Summit 2021 to Take Place Next Week in Monterey, CA


Organic growers and their supply chain and service provider partners will gather next week in Monterey, CA, for two days of information, education, and networking at the fourth annual Organic Grower Summit (OGS), presented by Western Growers and OPN.

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Vic Smith Announced as Grower of the Year Award Recipient; OGS 2021 to Honor "A Grower's Grower"


The Organic Grower Summit, Presented by Western Growers and the Organic Produce Network will honor long-time organic grower Vic Smith as the recipient of the fourth annual Organic Grower Summit’s Grower of the Year. Smith, CEO of JV Smith Companies, was selected based on his ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in organic production, organic industry leadership, and innovation.

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OGS Announces Keynote: "Next Gen: A Conversation with the Next Generation of Organic Leaders"


Up-and-coming leaders from three of the nation's most progressive organic growing operations have been confirmed as panelists for the keynote presentation at the 2021 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) Presented by Western Growers and OPN on December 1-2, in Monterey, CA. 

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"SmartFarm: AgTech in the Field" and "Organics at Retail-Performance and Consumer Expectations" Educational Sessions Announced


A pair of recently announced educational sessions will explore how technology is enhancing organic crop production and offer a look at the growth of organic fresh produce sales at grocery stores across the nation over the past two years as part of the 2021 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) Presented by Western Growers and OPN on December 1-2 in Monterey, CA.

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"Growing and Selling in the Mexican Organic Market" Ed Session Announced


With Mexico’s promotion of organic agriculture leading to a growing domestic market and creating outstanding import opportunities for US growers, a just announced educational session at the 2021 Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and OPN (OGS) will explore the relationship between the two countries and how they can support each other’s future organic growth.

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"Innovative and Compatible Ag Inputs for Today's Organic Grower" Ed Session Announced


An examination of how organic growers can best utilize approved bio inputs in the most efficient and effective manner for their crops and bottom line will be the subject of a just announced educational session as part of the 2021 Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and OPN (OGS) educational program, slated for December 1-2 in Monterey, CA.

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"Building Resilience through Organic Farming Systems" Educational Intensive Announced for Organic Grower Summit


An in-depth workshop on soil health practices and strategies employed in organic production systems that can build resilience to climate shock, has been announced as part of the 2021 Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and OPN (OGS) educational program, slated for December 1-2 in Monterey, CA.

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First Ed Session for OGS 2021 Announced: "Organic Grower Perspectives on the Challenges of Scaling"


The first in a series of educational sessions at Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by Western Growers and OPN, "Organic Grower Perspectives on the Challenges of Scaling" will focus on the issues growers face in expanding their business to meet the increased demand for organic fresh produce. This session will explore how organic growing operations can navigate the changing marketplace to better fill the supply chain and offer products on a mass scale. OGS will be held in person on December 1-2 in Monterey, CA.

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Exhibitor Registration Opens for Organic Grower Summit Presented by Western Growers and OPN


Exhibitor booth registration is now open for the Organic Grower Summit Presented by Western Growers and OPN, slated for December 1-2, in Monterey, CA. Organic supply chain partners and service providers are encouraged to sign up for a booth at the fourth annual OGS, which features two days of information, education, and networking opportunities with organic growers.

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Organic Grower Summit 2021 Presented by Western Growers and OPN Announced for December 1-2


The Organic Produce Network (OPN) and Western Growers (WG) have formed a strategic partnership reflecting the importance of organic production and announced that WG will be the presenting sponsor of the Organic Grower Summit 2021.

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Organic Grower Summit Roundtable 2020 Announced


While the Organic Grower Summit will not be held as a live in-person event this year, a virtual keynote event featuring leaders of three of the nation’s most recognized and progressive organic growers has been scheduled for December 9. The OGS Grower Roundtable 2020, available for free viewing, will explore the opportunities, challenges, and issues facing producers in the organic fresh fruit and vegetable marketplace.

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2019 Organic Grower Summit Looks to the Future


The Organic Grower Summit tackled a wide variety of issues and topics, attracting hundreds of organic growers, producers, and processors to its third annual conference held in Monterey, CA last week.  Presented by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN), the event featured a sold-out exhibition floor showcasing companies advancing the latest trends in soil and plant health, bio-pesticides, seed, food safety, and ag technology.

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Exclusive Showing of "The Last Harvest" at Organic Grower Summit


An exclusive showing of the award winning Driscoll’s documentary The Last Harvest, which shines light on the labor shortage and immigration reform, will be held at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit, followed by an open forum  discussion among produce industry leaders. 

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Organic Grower Summit Announces Second Educational Intensive Session: "Sustainable Investing in Your Organic Farming Future"


A second intensive educational session has been finalized for the annual Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, CA. “Sustainable Investing in Your Farming Future” will dive deep into the strategic and financial challenges growers, shippers and other fresh food producers, especially those with multi-generational ownership, face.

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Organic Grower Summit Announces Grower of the Year Award Recipient


California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) will honor long-time organic growers Lundberg Family Farms as the recipient of the third annual Organic Grower Summit’s Grower of the YearLundberg Family Farms was selected based on the company’s ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in organic production and organic industry leadership and innovation.

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Proactive Sustainability Reporting and Organic Plant Health


A pair of educational sessions focused on the future of organic plant health and an examination of how to effectively promote sustainability reporting have been announced as part of the 2019 Organic Grower Summit educational program, slated for December 4-5 in Monterey, CA. The two newly announced education sessions are part of an extensive OGS educational program designed to inform and engage organic growers, farmers and producers, and their service and supply chain partners. 

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"Real Talk With Ag Tech Disruption Leaders" Organic Grower Summit Ed Session Announced


The founders and CEOs from six of the nation’s most progressive ag tech companies will present a series of TedTalk-style presentations to kick off the educational program at the third annual Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, CA. 

Sponsored by Western Growers, the two and a half hour long educational intensive, Real Talk with Ag Tech Disruption Leaders, is divided into two sessions.  The first session features three ag tech pioneers sharing their thoughts on the increasing use of precision and automated technology to help growers improve yield, while protecting the soil and ecosystems.

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Keynote Presenters for Third Annual Organic Grower Summit Announced


A trio of acclaimed leaders from various aspects of the organic community have been confirmed as keynote presenters for the third annual Organic Grower Summit this coming December in Monterey, CA.  Widely recognized for their innovative and resourceful leadership in creating new and exciting opportunities for those involved in the production of organic crops and products, the three will deliver engaging and informative TedTalk-style presentations to OGS attendees.

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The Growing Hemp Marketplace & Reducing Organic Soil Health Risk


A pair of educational sessions devoted to reducing organic soil risk and an examination of the burgeoning hemp marketplace have been announced as part of the 2019 Organic Grower Summit educational program, slated for this December in Monterey, CA.

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First of Six Educational Sessions at Third Annual Organic Grower Summit Announced


July 22, 2019

The first of six educational sessions at the third annual Organic Grower Summit (OGS) features a dive into the changing landscape of food safety on organic farms, and how the industry is complying with the new Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule.  The session will explore how FDA produce inspections will be rolled out and the changes affecting the leafy greens industry.

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"Organic Data Dive: A Look at the Numbers Driving Decisions on the Farm" - Organic Grower Summit Announces Final Education Session


Organic Data Dive:  A Look at the Numbers Driving Decisions on the Farm”, will provide OGA attendees an inside look at some of the data and reporting done on consumer behavior and buying of organic fresh foods.

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Organic Grower Summit Announces Education Session: Giving Organic Beverages a Shot


While sales of beer and wine have remained flat the past two years, consumer interest and changing buying behavior are paving the way for a boom in organic beer and wine production.  Exploring the opportunities for adult organic beverages will be the focus of an educational session, “Giving Organic Beverages a Shot“ at the second annual Organic Summit next month in Monterey, CA.

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Exhibitor Registration Now Open for Organic Grower Summit 2019


Exhibitor booth registration is now open for the Organic Grower Summit (OGS), slated for December 4-5, 2019, in Monterey, California. Organic supply chain partners and service providers are encouraged to sign up for a booth at the third annual OGS, which features two days of information, education, and networking opportunities with organic growers.

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Organic Grower Summit Announces Education Session: Technology is not Just for "Big Ag"


“Technology Is Not Just For Big Ag will explain technology advances including asset sharing, robotics and one of the most talked about information systems, blockchain.   Panelists for the session will discuss the issues associated with bringing technology to smaller organic growers and how the industry can work together to help these technologies take root and scale.

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Organic Grower Summit Announces Grower of the Year Award Recipient


California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and the Organic Produce Network (OPN) will honor long-time organic grower Thaddeus Barsotti of Farm Fresh To You as the recipient of the Organic Grower Summit’s Grower of the Year.  Barsotti was selected based on his ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in organic production and organic industry leadership and innovation. 

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Organic Grower Summit Announces Education Session: Candid Conversation with National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Members


An educational session at the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from two members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), providing an overview of the agency responsible for recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and processing of organic products.

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John Foraker, Once Upon a Farm co-founder and CEO, Confirmed as Keynote Speaker at OGS 2018


John Foraker, co-founder and CEO of Once Upon a Farm, has been announced as the keynote presenter at the Organic Grower Summit 2018, this coming December in Monterey, CA.  

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Grower Roundtable Keynote Presentation Announced for Organic Grower Summit 2018


The first of three keynote presentations during the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will offer an international overview of the organic produce industry – exploring the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the growing organic fresh fruit and vegetable marketplace. The Grower Roundtable, featuring three organic growers from North America, will provide OGS attendees an insightful exchange of ideas and information on topics ranging from labor, regulations and supply chain issues.

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CCA and PCA Training Credits Offered at the Organic Grower Summit 2018


Certified Crop Advisors and Pesticide Crop Advisors will have an opportunity to earn training and educational credit through a series of educational sessions at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit (OGS). 

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"Managing Organic Production Systems to Promote Plant Health" Organic Grower Summit Announces Education Session


The second of six educational sessions finalized for the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will focus on managing the challenges of plant health in organic production systems. “Managing Organic Production Systems to Promote Plant Health will feature organic industry experts in plant health offering a deep dive discussion on maintaining plant health without the use of synthetic inputs to enhance plant nutrition or control pests and disease.

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Costco Sponsoring "Meet the Grower" at Organic Grower Summit 2018


As one of the largest retailers of organic food sales in the United States, Costco announced their commitment to participating in the second annual Organic Grower Summit (OGS) this coming December 12-13, in Monterey, CA. Costco, with annual fresh produce sales of $4 billion, will sponsor two half-day events providing certified organic farmers and growers the opportunity to meet with Costco buyers.

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Organic Grower Summit Announces Education Session: Safeguarding the Organic Brand


The first of six educational sessions finalized for the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will focus on the work needed to protect the organic brand and uphold consumer trust for all certified organic food products. Safeguarding the Organic Brand” will feature leaders from organic industry compliance, research and regulation agencies and offer a deep dive discussion into what the organic industry is doing to maintain organic integrity, as well as what the future holds for the organic label.

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Organic Grower Summit Announces 2018 CannaBus Tour


A new addition to the schedule has been finalized for the Organic Grower Summit 2018 in Monterey, CA. The Organic Grower Summit is excited to announce the 2018 CannaBus Tour, created in collaboration with the Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association (MCCIA), on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

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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.

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Organic Grower Summit Announces First Education Intensive Session


The first of two intensive educational sessions has been finalized for the second annual Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, CA. “Scaling Up Healthy Soil Practices” will dive deep into the benefits and usage of bio fertilizers and soil amendments, current research as well as the issues and opportunities to enhance organic farm operations. 

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Planning Underway for Educational Sessions at Organic Grower Summit


A combination of in-depth intensive educational sessions and a series of broader discussions providing relevant and timely information for organic growers headline the agenda of the second annual Organic Grower Summit this coming December 12-13 in Monterey, CA.

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Western Growers Named Technology Sponsor for 2018 Organic Grower Summit


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Exhibitor Registration Now Open for Organic Grower Summit 2018


Exhibitor booth registration is now open for the Organic Grower Summit (OGS), slated for December 12-13, 2018, in Monterey, California. Organic supply chain partners and service providers are encouraged to sign up for a booth at the second annual OGS, which features two days of information, education, and networking opportunities with organic growers.

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Save the Date: Second Annual Organic Grower Summit Coming to Monterey


The Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) are again teaming up to host the second annual Organic Grower Summit (OGS) on December 12 -13, 2018 at the renovated Monterey Convention Center in downtown Monterey, CA.

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