Organic Grower Summit Announces “Sustainable Investing in Your Organic Farming Future” Educational Intensive Session
- by Robert Schaulis
MONTEREY, CA - Organic Grower Summit organizers OPN and CCOF have announced a new session for the annual event. The second in a lineup of intensive educational sessions, “Sustainable Investing in Your Farming Future” promises deep insights into the strategic and financial challenges growers, shippers, and other fresh food producers, especially those with multi-generational ownership, face. The session will be held during the 2018 OGS taking place December 12-13, at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California.
“Multi-generational farming enterprises and those with shareholder bases extending beyond a single family are confronting the dilemma of growing their businesses, while also satisfying the financial desires of all of the shareholders,” said Brandt Brereton, Co-Founder and Managing Director for Brereton, Hanley & Co., and moderator for the panel, in a press release. “This intensive explores the corporate finance alternatives that exist to satisfy everyone. Attendees will understand the pros and cons of each available alternative."
Several solutions to these dilemmas—each having their own pros and cons—will be discussed by the featured panelists of this session. Panelists including:
- Bill Reiman, Managing Director, Gladstone
- Tom Avinelis, Co-CEO, Agriculture Capital
- Andrew Freeman, Managing Director, Fremont Macanta
According to the company’s press release, many operations struggle with how to fund market requirements and cash flow of the operating companies and supporting land/real estate companies in the highly competitive world of organic growing. Given the varying types—and generations—of owners not directly involved in the management of the operations, financial expectations may not be in sync with the expectations and needs of the ownership group leading the operations.
Thus far this year, over 40 sponsors have confirmed their support of the nearly sold-out 2018 OGS. Only 20 exhibitor spaces remain. Exhibitors include soil amendment, bio-pesticide, seed, packaging, 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.
Attendee registration is $499, with discounts available for CCOF members and government and educational members. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the CCOF Foundation Dinner on Wednesday, December 12th. Registration to OGS includes admittance to the opening reception, educational sessions, keynote presentations, breakfast, lunch, and trade show floor.
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