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Organic Grower Summit to explore grower challenges and solutions

A two-part ed intensive featuring the results of two recently released reports on organic farming and an in-depth workshop discussing how organic farmers can address current challenges has been announced as part of the 2022 Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and OPN, slated for Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Monterey, CA.

The 90-minute ed session, “Exploring Organic Research: A Discussion of Organic Grower Challenges and Solutions," will be hosted by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and moderated by Brise Tencer, executive director of OFRF, and Haley Baron, partnership and development manager at OFRF.

OFRF will present information from its recently released 2022 National Organic Research Agenda and California Organic Research Agenda. Based on national surveys and 16 regional listening sessions, these reports highlight the challenges facing organic farmers as well as recommendations on ways to address these needs. After a short presentation on the data, session attendees will hear from a pair of organic farmers and agency representatives about current resources, solutions, and research that can help address the top challenges presented.

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 newly announced session is part of an extensive educational program designed to inform and engage organic producers, their service providers, and supply chain partners.

Panelists for the session include Javier Zamora, owner of JSM Organics; Asia Hampton, business skills advisor at California FarmLink; Ariel De Lara, district conservationist for USDA-NRCS; and Steven Cardoza, owner of Cardoza & Cardoza Farming Co.

“Organic farming is a bright spot in the California economy, and we are excited for this opportunity to talk about information and resources to support the continued success of producers,” said Tencer.

OGS exhibition and general registration is currently open. With only five trade show booths available before the trade show floor sells out, OGS features exhibitors including soil amendment, ag technology, food safety, packaging and equipment manufacturers 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 Matt Seeley co-founder and CEO of Organic Produce Network. "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."

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