With Mexico’s promotion of organic agriculture leading to a growing domestic market and creating import opportunities for U.S. growers, a just-announced educational session at the 2021 Organic Grower Summit presented by Western Growers and OPN (OGS) will explore the relationship between the two countries and how they can support each other’s future organic growth.
“Growing and Selling in the Mexican Organic Market” will explore the key differences between the two countries’ organic markets, from the various laws, rules, and regulations to production and supply chain challenges, and what future opportunities exist for growers on each side of the border. Moderated by Maria Barajas of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Certification Services, panelists include these leaders from organizations directly involved in the growing and production from both Mexico and the United States: Joshua Tamayo, food safety and QA 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.
Left to right: Maria Barajas, Joshua Tamayo
“The agricultural relationship between the US and Mexico continues to evolve and adapt,” said Kelly Damewood, president of CCOF. “Mexico’s promotion of organic agriculture has bolstered production and continues to entice more U.S.-based growers into entering the Mexican organic market.”
The fourth annual OGS is designed to provide information vital to organic growers and producers, as well as an overview of the opportunities and challenges in producing organic fresh food. This session is part of an educational program designed to inform and engage organic producers, their service providers, and supply chain partners. Among other sessions slated for OGS 2021 are topics on agricultural technology breakthroughs, Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), soil health, innovative ag inputs, and successfully scaling a company to meet the growing demand for organic fresh produce.
Left to right: Daniela Robles, Ed Morales
OGS general registration is open. With a sold-out trade show floor, exhibitors include soil amendment, ag technology, food safety, packaging and equipment manufacturers connecting with organic field production staff, supply chain managers, pest control advisors, and food safety experts.
"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, Organic Produce Network co-founder. "From seed to soil to harvest, our goal is to present the most relevant information on important subjects and issues facing organic production."
OGS 2021 will be held December 1-2 at the Monterey Hyatt Conference Center in Monterey, CA. More details will be released in the coming weeks.