Organic Grower Summit Announces “Growing and Selling in the Mexican Organic Market” Education Session; Tonya Antle and Kelly Damewood Comment
- by Chandler James
MONTEREY, CA - The domestic market is growing, and organics is one category driving sales and volume growth in the United States. The promotion of Mexican-grown produce is a top contributor to this category, and operators are learning to best navigate import relationships. The Organic Produce Network (OPN) and Western Growers are backing their members with a new education session at the 2021 Organic Grower Summit (OGS), named “Growing and Selling in the Mexican Organic Market.”
"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 Tonya Antle, OPN Co-Founder. "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."
The session will explore key differences between the U.S. and Mexico’s organic markets, from various laws, rules, and regulations to production and supply chain challenges, and what future opportunities exist. Moderated by Maria Barajas of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Certification Services, panelists include leaders from both Mexico and the United States.
The panelists for the session include Joshua Tamayo, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Manager for Taylor Farms; Daniela Robles, Agricultural Engineer, Viñedos Alta/Grupo Alta; and Ed Morales, Food Safety and Organic Certification Director, JV Smith Companies/Promotora Agricola El Toro.
“The unique agricultural relationship between the U.S. and Mexico continues to evolve and adapt with strong organic expertise on both sides of the border,” said Kelly Damewood, President of CCOF. “Mexico’s promotion of organic agriculture has bolstered organic production and continues to entice more U.S.-based growers into entering the Mexican organic market.”
The fourth annual OGS will provide information vital to organic growers and producers, as well as an overview of the opportunities and challenges that exist. According to a press release, the newly announced session is part of an extensive educational program to inform and engage organic producers, their service providers, and supply chain partners. Other sessions highlight agricultural technology breakthroughs, Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), soil health, innovative ag inputs, and successfully scaling a company to meet the growing demand for organics.
OGS general registration is currently open. The trade show floor is sold out, with exhibitors including operators in soil amendment, ag technology, food safety, packaging, and equipment connecting with organic field production staff, supply chain managers, pest control advisors, and food safety experts.
The event will be held December 1-2, 2021, at the Monterey Hyatt Conference Center in Monterey, California. More details on the educational program will be released in the coming weeks.
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