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, California.
As the National Organic Program’s (NOP) Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) initiative comes closer to being finalized, new compliance challenges are coming into view for producers, distributors, and importers. “Get Ahead of the Curve and Avoid Regulatory Speedbumps” will feature organic industry leaders providing operational and administrative details of the SOE initiative as it becomes closer to reality.
Left to right: John Foster, Emily Musgrave
Moderated by John Foster, Wolf & Associates senior associate, panelists for the session include Emily Musgrave, Driscoll’s organic program manager, Connie Karr, Oregon Tilth’s certification director, and Tom Chapman, Organic Trade Association’s CEO and executive director.
“SOE is the most significant organic regulatory change since regulations were implemented 20 years ago,” said Foster. “Mandatory changes are coming for the certification of brokers and traders for every imported organic product and for qualifications of inspectors and certification staff. This panel of industry leaders will provide operational and administrative details, showing attendees how to steer clear of bureaucratic potholes and ensure there are no disruptions to the supply chain.”
Left to right: Connie Karr, Tom Chapman
The fifth annual OGS is designed to provide information vital to organic growers and producers, as well as an overview of the opportunities and challenges in the production of organic fresh food. OGS exhibition and general registration are currently open. Exhibitors include soil amendment, ag technology, food safety, packaging, and equipment manufacturers connecting with organic field production staff, supply chain managers, pest management advisors, and food safety experts.
OGS 2022 will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey. More details on the educational program, including session topics and speakers, will be released in the coming weeks.
"In partnership with Western Growers, this year’s OGS will provide up-to-date resources and information to support the continued success of organic producers, with an emphasis on the changing organic production landscape, as well as the role of ag technology," said Matt Seeley, co-founder of Organic Produce Network. "Our goal is to present the most relevant and timely information on the most important subjects and issues facing organic production.”