A pair of educational sessions focused on the future of organic plant health and an examination of how to promote sustainability reporting have been announced as part of the 2019 Organic Grower Summit educational program, slated for December 4-5 in Monterey, CA.
The 50-minute educational sessions will be held Thursday, December 5. The session, “Taking a Proactive Approach to Sustainability Reporting” will discuss the role of sustainability and the related metrics in promoting responsible organic and agricultural practices .
Featured speakers for the session include: Ze'ev Barylka, marketing director, Netafim USA; Kevin Warner, manager, sustainable agriculture, SCS Global Services; and Bryan Duarte, senior sourcing manager, Walmart. The session will be moderated by Nikki Rodini, founder and CEO, Measure to Improve.
Left to right: Ze'ev Barylka, Nikki Rodini, Kevin Warner, and Bryan Duarte
“While organically grown is a valuable and sustainable approach to agriculture, Sustainability Surveys ask about all three P’s of Sustainability – People, Planet and Profit,” Rodini said. “This panel of experts will help answer the some of the common questions about Sustainability Reporting: ‘Why are customers asking for this information and what are they going to do with the information? What tools, metrics, and resources are available? And, how can growers get ahead of these requests, and tell a powerful, compelling and verifiable sustainability story?”
The session “What’s Next: Organic Plant Health” will feature a panel of organic growing and production experts discussing the latest tools in plant health, biological controls, and leading-edge research. Panelists for the session include Steve Pavich, senior plant nutritionist, BioFlora; Dr. Danielle Kirkpatrick, global technical support coordinator, Trécé, Inc.; and Pete Anecito, director of ag operations, Mission Ranches. The session will be moderated by Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association.
Left to right: Steve Pavich, Daneille Kirkpatrick, Pete Anecito, and Gwendolyn Wyard
Among other topics that will be addressed at OGS are the impact of technological advances in organic agriculture, strategies to reduce risk through organic soil health practices, the burgeoning hemp marketplace, organic cannabis production, and a data dive into organic food sales. Educational sessions at OGS are eligible and approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
“Organic farmers and growers are always looking to learn more about innovative farming techniques, how to grow their businesses, and how to excel in the organic sector. The educational sessions at OGS cover the wide variety of topics that organic growers are interested in, and attendees leave inspired with new tactics to employ in their businesses,” said Kelly Damewood, CEO of CCOF.
OGS 2019 will be held at the Monterey Conference Center Monterey, California on December 4-5. General and exhibitor registration is currently open with less than 10 booths remaining available.