Organic Grower Summit Names Western Growers as 2018 Technology Sponsor
- by Jordan Okumura
MONTEREY, CA - Western Growers has again been announced as the Ag Technology sponsor at The Organic Grower Summit (OGS). The OGS is a joint production between California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Organic Produce Network (OPN), and the event works to bring together organic growers, producers, and processors for two days of education, information, and networking opportunities. 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.
“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, in a press release.
Since 1926, Western Growers has represented local and regional produce farmers in Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico. The company noted that its members and their workers provide over half the nation's fresh fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts. Western Growers also launched the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) in Salinas, CA. It was created to help identify industry priorities, develop technologies to address those priorities, and communicate progress to Western Growers’ fresh produce farmers.
“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. “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.”
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