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Organic Grower Summit 2023:

“The State of Organic Growing" keynote presentation

Leadership from three progressive organic growing operations have been confirmed as panelists for the second of two keynote presentations at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit (OGS) 2023, presented by Western Growers and OPN.

“Grower Roundtable: The State of Organic Growing” will feature panelists Joe Pezzini, senior director of ag operations, Taylor Farms; Nishan Moutafian, vice president of production, Driscoll’s; and Briana Giampaoli, organic category manager, Live Oak Farms. The session will be moderated by Walt Duflock, senior vice president of innovation for Western Growers.

Left to right: Joe Pezzini, Nishan Moutafian

The presentation will explore how these three leaders in organic production are dealing with topics including supply chain issues, inflation, labor, sustainability, new innovations, and technologies.

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

The educational program for OGS 2023 includes eight educational sessions and a pair of keynote presentations. In the other keynote presentation, the annual Grower of the Year award will be awarded to this year’s recipient, Rod Braga, president and CEO of Braga Fresh.

Left to right: Briana Giampaoli, Walt Duflock

The other educational sessions include:

  • SOE Deadline Looms—Are You Ready?
  • Understanding Evolving Production Challenges for Organic Growers
  • Regenerative—What Does it Mean for Organic?
  • Unlocking the Value of AI on the Digital Farming Journey
  • Meet the Ag Sharks
  • Roadmap to a Sustainable Pest Management Future for Organics
  • Challenges of Organic Seed Production
  • How Organic Growers Are Using Ag Tech: Obstacles & Opportunities

OGS 2023 will be held November 29-30 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California.

For more information:
Matt Seeley
Organic Produce Network
Tel.: +1 (831) 884-5092
[email protected]

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