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Sustainable investing in organic farming

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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In the highly competitive world of organic growing, many operations can struggle with how to fund market requirements and cash flow of the operating companies and supporting land/real estate companies. Given the varying types -- and generations -- of owners not directly involved in the management of the operations, financial expectations may not be in sync with the expectations and needs of the ownership group leading the operations.

Several solutions to these dilemmas -- each having their own pros and cons -- will be discussed by the featured panelists of this session.

Panelists for the session are Bill Reiman, managing director of Gladstone; Tom Avinelis, co-CEO of Agriculture Capital; and Andrew Freeman, managing director of Fremont Macanta. The session will be moderated by Brandt Brereton, co-founder and managing director of Brereton, Hanley & Co.

“Multi-generational farming enterprises and those with shareholder bases extending beyond a single family are confronting the dilemma of growing their businesses, while also satisfying the financial desires of all of the shareholders,” said Brereton. “This intensive explores the corporate finance alternatives that exist to satisfy everyone. Attendees will understand the pros and cons of each available alternative."

OGS will be held Dec. 12-13, at the Monterey Conference Center. Attendee registration is $499, with discounts available for CCOF members and government and educational members. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the CCOF Foundation Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Registration to OGS includes admittance to the opening reception, educational sessions, keynote presentations, breakfast, lunch and trade show floor.

Over 40 sponsors have confirmed their support of OGS. The trade show floor is nearly sold out, with only 20 exhibitor spaces remaining. Exhibitors include soil amendment, bio-pesticide, seed, packaging, food safety, ag technology, and equipment manufacturers who will be connecting with organic field production staff, supply chain managers, pest management advisors, and food safety experts.