Organic Seed and Ag Tech Education Sessions Announced for Organic Grower Summit 2023; Matt Seeley and Bart Walker Comment



Organic Seed and Ag Tech Education Sessions Announced for Organic Grower Summit 2023; Matt Seeley and Bart Walker Comment


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MONTEREY, CA - The chance to further build out your itinerary for the anticipated Organic Grower Summit (OGS) 2023—presented by Western Growers and Organic Produce Network (OPN)—has arisen, as the event-filled trade show has announced the latest educational session. “How Organic Growers Are Using Ag Tech: Obstacles & Opportunities” will explore how growers are utilizing ag technology to improve production while showcasing one of the leading ag technology companies and its work in displacing traditional farming methods.

Matt Seeley, Chief Executive Officer, Organic Produce Network“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 changing organic production landscape as well as the role of ag technology,” said Matt Seeley, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of OPN. “From seed to soil to harvest, our goal is to present the most relevant and timely information on the most important subjects and issues facing organic production.”

As technology and innovation continue to help organic growers produce crops in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible, OGS 2023 will highlight the companies at the forefront of ag tech, and how growers decide which technologies to use, a press release explained.

“How Organic Growers Are Using Ag Tech: Obstacles & Opportunities” will explore how growers are utilizing ag technology to improve production while showcasing one of the leading ag technology companies and its work in displacing traditional farming methods

The session will be moderated by Bart Walker, President of Pacific Ag Rentals, with a panel featuring Tom Nunes V, President of The Nunes Company; Kristen Smith Eshaya, President of JV Smith Companies; and Paul Mikesell, CEO and Founder of Carbon Robotics.

Bart Walker, President, Pacific Ag RentalsTechnology and data management continue to evolve for organic growers, and a wide array of new tools are being designed for greater efficiency in the production of crops,” said Walker. “This exclusive ed session will highlight some of the newest technologies, equipment, and programs available for growers and how they can best be utilized in the ever-changing landscape of organic fresh produce production.”

Another insightful session entitled “Challenges of Organic Seed Production” will provide show attendees with an in-depth overview of how organic seed production has declined over the past few years and how this has been impacting the organic produce industry.

This session will be moderated by Tom Willey, owner of T & D Willey Farms, and will include panelists Theojary Crisantes, CEO of Wholesum; Zea Sonnabend, owner of Fruitilicious Farm; Jared Zystro, Research and Education Director at the Organic Seed Alliance; and Michael Willey, North American Production Lead for Bayer Crop Science.

OGS’ other newly announced ed session, “Challenges of Organic Seed Production” will provide show attendees with an in-depth overview of how organic seed production has declined over the past few years and how this has been impacting the organic produce industry

The announcement of these two sessions completes a robust educational program, which includes eight different educational sessions and a pair of keynote presentations. For more details about the event, which will be held November 29-30 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California, click here.

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