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Keynote for Grower round table announced for Organic Grower Summit 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 (OGS) 2022, presented by Western Growers and OPN. The event is slated for November 30 to December 1 in Monterey, California.

"Grower round table: The State of Organic Growing" will be moderated by Dave Puglia, president and CEO of Western Growers. The panelists will include Brie Reiter Smith, VP of product leadership for Driscoll's; Michael DuPuis, quality assurance and public relations coordinator for Divine Flavor; and Tom Nunes, vice-president of The Nunes Company. The presentation will explore how these three leaders in organic production are dealing with hot-button topics, including supply chain issues, inflation, labor, new innovations, and technologies.

Left to right: Dave Puglia, Brie Reiter Smith 

"While consumption of fresh organic produce continues to climb, domestic growers face an unprecedented array of regulatory and marketplace challenges that threaten future growth," Puglia said. "The leaders on this panel will share valuable insights into the state of the organic industry and strategies for turning obstacles into opportunities."

The fifth annual OGS is designed to provide information vital to organic growers and producers, including an overview of the opportunities and challenges in the production of organic fresh food. The keynote presentation is part of an extensive educational program designed to inform and engage organic producers, their service providers, and supply chain partners.

Left to right: Michael DuPuis, Tom Nunes

Other educational sessions include:

  • The Future of Ag Tech—Expanding On-Farm Profitability
  • Regenerative Organic Marketing and Certification—What Lies Ahead?
  • The Growth, Opportunities, and Future of CEA Production
  • Get Ahead of the Curve and Avoid Regulatory Speedbumps
  • Exploring Organic Research: A Discussion of Organic Grower Challenges and Solutions
  • Less Chemistry and More Biology

OGS 2022 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California, and general registration is currently open. The sold-out OGS trade show floor will feature soil amendment, ag tech, food safety, packaging, and equipment exhibitors who will have the opportunity to connect with organic field production staff, supply chain managers, pest management advisors, and food safety experts.

"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 role of ag technology," said Seeley. "From seed to soil to harvest, our goal is to present the most relevant information on the most important subjects and issues facing organic production."

Further details on the educational program, including session topics and speakers, will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information:
Matt Seeley
Organic Produce Network
Tel: +1 (831) 884-5092  

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