Schedule

2018 Organic Grower Summit Schedule at a Glance

OGS 2018 will feature two days of networking, educational sessions, an exhibition trade show floor and keynote speaking engagements with industry leaders. 

For a quick overview of the 2018 OGS show schedule at-a-glance click here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

12 pm - 5 pm

Registration Desk

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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Exhibitor Move In

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

6:30 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast


6:30 am - 5:30 pm

Registration Desk

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7:00 am - 10:00 am

Exhibitor Move In


8 am - 12 pm

2018 OGS CannaBus Tour

In partnership with the Monterey County Cannabis Industry Association

The 2018 OGS CannaBus Tour is an exclusive opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Monterey County cannabis industry. This limited tour includes visits to Pacific Reserve, an EnviroCann certified state-of-the-art, indoor cannabis growing operation and Indus, a vertically integrated cannabis extraction and manufacturing facility. Limited availability - only 80 seats available. Must be registered OGS attendee. No more than 2 tickets per company. 

Purchase tickets here.

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8 am - 10:30 am

Educational Intensive: Scaling Up Healthy Soil Practices

 

Moderated by:

  • Bill Wolf, President, Wolf DiMatteo + Assoc.

Featured speakers:

  • Aaron Waltz, Director of Field Trials & Nutrition, Concentric
  • Emma Torbert, Co-Owner, Cloverleaf Farm
  • Gerald Davis, Agronomist, Cal Organic Farms/Grimmway
  • Jered Lawson, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Pie Ranch
  • Renata Brillinger, Executive Director, California Climate & Agriculture Network
  • Tim Stemwedel, Founder and President, California Organic Fertilizer

* Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs available: (1) Nutrient Management and (1.5) Soil & Water Management

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8 am - 10:30 am

Educational Intensive: Sustainable Investing in your Organic Farming Future

 

Moderated by: 

  • Brandt Brereton, Ag Investment Banker, Brereton, Hanley & Co., Inc.

Feature speakers: 

  • Andrew Freeman, Managing Director, Fremont Macanta
  • Bill Reiman, Managing Director, The Gladstone Companies
  • Tom Avinelis, Principal, Agricultural Capital

* Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs available: (0.5) Professional Development

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8 am - 5 pm

Media Room

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10:30 am - 11 am

Morning Break

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10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Hospitality Lounge

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11 am - 3 pm

Exhibition Floor Open

 

Tech Alley Sponsored by:

 

Hospitality Lounge Sponsored by:

Welcoming Lounge Sponsored by:


12 pm - 1 pm

Lunch

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12 pm - 3 pm

Meet the Grower

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5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Opening Reception

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7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

CCOF Foundation Dinner

Enjoy a certified organic 3 course meal with live music and a variety of speakers. All proceeds benefit the CCOF Foundation which advances organic agriculture for a healthy world through programs that educate future organic farmers, help consumers understand organic, assist organic farmers in need, and provide ongoing training for organic professionals. Organic cocktails and wine by Green Hope Vodka and Bonterra Vineyards! Learn more here.

Tickets may be purchased online here

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Entertainment by: Sophia Scott, Country/R&B singer-songwriter from Los Angeles

Thursday, December 13, 2018

6:30 am - 2 pm

Registration Desk

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6:30 am - 8:00 am

Breakfast


8 am - 3 pm

Media Room

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8:30 am - 10:30 am

PCA Training - Laws & Regulations Update

In partnership with: The Santa Cruz County Agricultural Commissioners Office

Receive two hours of approved DPR continuing education credit for Laws & Regulations while attending. Individual sign-in and documentation will be completed at the end of the class. 

For any questions regarding this training please contact The Santa Cruz County Agricultural Commissioners Office directly at (831) 763 - 8080 or agc002@agdept.com


8 am - 11:30 am

Meet the Grower

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8 am - 8:50 am

Education Session: Managing Organic Production Systems to Promote Plant Health

Moderated by:

  • Brise Tencer, Executive Director, Organic Farming Research Foundation

Featured Speakers: 

  • Ehsan Toosi, Director of Research & Development, True Organic products
  • Pam Marrone, Founder and CEO, Marrone Bio
  • Tim Schultz, Vice President of Research & Development, Lundberg Family Farms

* Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs available: (0.5) Integrated Pest Management

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8 am - 8:50 am

Education Session: Candid Conversation with NOSB Board Members

Moderated by:
  • Melody Meyer, President, Source Organics
Feature Speakers:
  • Eric Schwartz, NOSB Board Member, CEO, United Vegetable Growers Cooperative
  • Tom Chapman, NOSB Chair, Sr. Sourcing Manager, Ingredients, Clif Bar Inc.

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8 am - 8:50 am

Education Session: Organic Data Dive - A Look at the Numbers Driving Decisions on the Farm

Moderated by:  

  • Robert Lambert, Publisher, And Now You Know

Featured Speakers:

  • Laura Batcha, CEO/Executive Director, Organic Trade Association
  • Brian Lechner, Vice President. Nielsen

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9:00 am - 9:50 am

Education Session: Giving Organic Beverages a Shot

Moderated By: 

  • Bill Vyenielo, Senior Wine Business Consultant, Moss Adams LLP

Featured Speakers:

  • Katrina Frey, Executive Director, Frey Vineyards, Ltd.
  • Phil LaRocca, Vitner, LaRocca Vineyards
  • Ted Vivatson, Founder, Eel River Brewing Co. 

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9:00 am - 9:50 am

Education Session: Safeguarding the Organic Brand

Moderated By: 

  • Brian Leahy, Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Featured Speakers: 

  • Peggy Miars, Director/CEO, Organic Materials Review Institute and IFOAM Organic International
  • Jennifer Tucker, PhD, Deputy Administrator, USDA, AMS, NOP
  • John McKeon, Board, COPAC, Senior Manager, Organic Compliance & Sustainability, Tanimura & Antle

* Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs available: (0.5) Professional Development

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9 am - 9:50 am

Education Session: Technology is not Just for "Big Ag"

Moderated by:

  • Hank Giclas, Senior Vice President, Western Growers

Featured Speakers:

  • Brian Dawson, Co-founder, CEO, Harvestport
  • Raja Ramachandran, Co-founder, CEO, ripe.io
  • Diane Wu, Co-Founder and CEO, Trace Genomics

* Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs available: (0.5) Professional Development

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10:00 am - 10:30 am

Morning Break

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10:30 am - 3 pm

Hospitality Lounge

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10:30 am - 12 pm

Keynote Presentation 1

FEATURED SPEAKER

John Foraker, Co-founder and CEO, Once Upon A Farm 

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10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Grower of the Year

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10:30 am - 12 pm

Grower Roundtable

Featured speakers:

  • Esteban Macias, Crop Protection Manager/Independent Grower, Grupo U
  • Robin Graham, Assistant General Manager, Stemilt Ag Services
  • John France, Founder, Homegrown Organic Farms

Moderated by:

  • Scott LaRue, Managing Director, Global Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Piper Jaffray

 

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12 pm - 3 pm

Exhibition Floor Open

 

Tech Alley Sponsored by:

 

Hospitality Lounge Sponsored by:

Welcoming Lounge Sponsored by:


12 pm - 1 pm

Lunch


3 pm - 4 pm

Closing Reception

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