Western Growers Named Technology Sponsor For 2018 Organic Grower Summit

MONTEREY, CA — The Organic Grower Summit (OGS) has announced Western Growers will again serve as the Ag Technology sponsor for this year’s event.   As the Ag Technology sponsor, Western Growers will help coordinate the attendance of technology companies as exhibitors, and help facilitate elements of the technology area at the event.

The Organic Grower Summit is a joint production between California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Organic Produce Network (OPN), bringing together organic growers, producers and processors for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with organic production supply chain and service providers.  The event includes a series of educational sessions, keynote presentations, variety of meal functions and a trade show floor.

 “Following the success of our involvement in last year’s OGS, Western Growers is excited to again participate as the Ag Technology sponsor of this event bringing together various facets of organic growing and production.  Our involvement in this visionary event reaffirms our commitment to driving innovation across all segments of the fresh produce industry,” said Matt McInerney, senior executive vice president for Western Growers.  “We look forward to working with the event partners, CCOF and OPN, as we mutually help the organic produce industry amidst challenging regulatory and marketplace demands, both now and into the future.” 

Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico.  Members and their workers provide over half the nation's fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, including nearly half of America's fresh organic produce.  Western Growers launched the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) in Salinas, CA. The Center was created to help identify industry priorities, discover technologies to address those priorities, set up testing, facilitate industry feedback and communicate progress to California, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico fresh produce farmers.

“We are thrilled to again have Western Growers WGA as part of OGS.  WGA has taken a leadership position as it relates to technology for the fresh produce industry, working closely with growers and companies involved in the latest advances in automation and technology that will be vital to the future of organic farming,” said Tonya Antle, co-founder of OPN. 

To date, OGS has secured over 35 sponsoring companies, and 45 committed exhibitors.   Among participating exhibitors are leaders in the fields of seed, soil amendments, food safety, and ag technology, who will be connecting with organic field production staff, supply chain managers, pest management advisors, and food safety experts. 

Educational session panels at OGS will range in topics including farm soil management, advances in agricultural technology, and issues facing organic farming.

The Organic Growers Summit will take place December 12-13, 2018 at the Monterey Conference Center, in Monterey, CA.  General Registration for the event will open in July.  For more information, please visit www.organicgrowersummit.com.


About OPN

OPN is a marketing organization serving as the go-to resource for the organic fresh produce industry.  The company's mission is to inform and educate through a strong digital presence with an emphasis on original content and complimented by engaging live events which bring together various components of the organic food community. The OPN audience includes organic producers, handlers, distributors, processors, wholesalers, foodservice operators and retailers.  www.organicproducenetwork.com

About CCOF
CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We advocate on behalf of our members for organic policies, support the growth of organic through education and grants, and provide organic certification that is personal and accessible.

CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food. Founded in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America and our presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a future where organic is the norm. For more information about CCOF, visit www.ccof.org.

Source: OPN