Oct 7, 2021
OGS to educate on ‘innovative and compatible’ organic ag inputs
Organic Produce Network, Western Growers

An examination of how organic growers can best utilize approved bio inputs in the most efficient and effective manner for their crops and bottom line will be the subject of a just-announced educational session.

The session will be part of the 2021 Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and Organic Produce Network educational program, slated for December 1-2 in Monterey, California.

“Innovative and Compatible Ag Inputs for Today’s Organic Grower” will explore the various tools available in the production of organic crops, how growers choose new products, the environmental impact, and how these bioproducts can impact costs. Moderated by Neal Gutterson, President of Radicle Growth, panelists include leaders from organizations directly involved in the approval, distribution, and application of biological inputs for organic growers. The panelists include Pam Marrone, Founder of Marrone Bio; Doug Currier, technical director of the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), and Tim Stemwedel, Founder of California Organic Fertilizer.

The fourth annual OGS is designed to provide information vital to organic growers and producers, as well as 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.

Among the topics for discussion in the session are the role of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in determining what USDA allows or eliminates from the organic grower’s toolbox; how growers can be stakeholders in the process of bio input selection; new OMRI approved products and how farmers can best utilize these inputs; the environmental impact of various inputs; and what trends are happening for specialty crops.

“While farming is a biological process, the organic grower is faced with the question of when does biology become chemistry in the development of organic materials? Further, how best can a grower choose what items to be a part of the toolbox—and what are the impacts of those selections?” said Tonya Antle, co-Founder of the Organic Grower Summit. “The panel for this session is ideally suited to explain both the challenges and opportunities organic growers face in the selection of inputs that benefit both the crop and bottom line.”

OGS exhibition and general registration is currently open. With only four trade show booths available before the OGS trade show floor sells out, exhibitors include soil amendment, ag technology, food safety, packaging, and equipment manufacturers connecting with organic field production staff, supply chain managers, pest control 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 Antle. “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.”

OGS 2021 will be held December 1-2 at the Monterey Hyatt Conference Center in Monterey, CA. More details on the educational program, including session topics and speakers, will be released in the coming weeks. For more information on the fourth annual Organic Grower Summit, visit www.organicgrowersummit.com 


Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico. Our 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. 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 complemented 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.
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