Organic Grower Summit Announces Education Session: Real Talk With Ag Tech Disruption Leaders
- by Lilian Diep
MONTEREY, CA - The third annual Organic Grower Summit will be held in Monterey, California, and word just came in that Founders and CEOs from six of the nation’s most progressive ag tech companies will be presenting. Sponsored by Western Growers, the two and a half hour long educational intensive, Real Talk with Ag Tech Disruption Leaders, will be delivered at this year’s event on December 4 and 5.
“Western Growers is extremely proud to be working with the Organic Grower Summit to bring forward a stellar group of companies who are changing the landscape for organic fresh produce production and supply chains,” said Hank Giclas, Senior Vice President of Science and Technology at Western Growers. “These TED-style talks by the founders and CEOs of these companies, followed by an engaging panel discussion, will showcase these progressive companies and their technology in a power packed educational session that can’t be missed.”
The educational presentation will be divided into two sessions. OGS’ press release stated that the first session features three ag tech pioneers sharing their thoughts on the increasing use of precision and automated technology to help growers improve yield, while protecting the soil and ecosystems. The second part of the session includes founders of three leading companies in supply chain efficiency and food waste management exploring new technologies to boost sustainability for growers and the planet. Each session will include a panel discussion and end with an audience Q&A.
The featured presenters include:
- Christine Mosley, CEO/Founder, Full Harvest
- Sebastien Boyer, CEO/Co-Founder, Farm Wise
- Aidan Mouat, CEO/Co-Founder, Hazel Technologies
- Diane Wu, CEO/Co-Founder, Trace Genomics
- Kaben Smallwood, CEO/Co-Founder, Symbiotic Aquaponics
- James Rogers, CEO/Founder, Apeel Sciences
OGS is made possible through the combined efforts of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Organic Produce Network (OPN). The event is designed to provide information vital to organic farmers and ranchers, as well as an overview of the challenges and opportunities in the production of organic products. Additionally, a trio of acclaimed keynote presenters, recognized for their innovative and resourceful leadership in creating new and exciting opportunities for those involved in the production of organic crops and products. This year’s OGS will feature: Kat Taylor, Co-Founder and CEO of Beneficial State Bank, and founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation; Amy Ansel, co-founder of Titan Bioplastics; and David Perry, President and CEO of Indigo Ag.
A series of educational sessions is also on deck during OGS and will touch on areas including:
- What’s Next in Organic Plant Health?
- The Growing Hemp Marketplace
- Organic Cannabis on the Horizon
- Strategies to Reduce Risk through Organic Soil Health Practices
- Organic Farming in the Era of FSMA
- Organic Sales Data Dive
With 43 sponsors already committed and a nearly sold-out trade show floor, OGS will feature exhibitors showcasing the latest in soil amendment, 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.
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