Organic Farming Systems in the Era of FSMA: Education Sessions at OGS

The organic community on the Central Coast of California and beyond are gearing up for a fruitful exchange of ideas, contacts, and networking at this year’s Organic Grower’s Summit (OGS), hosted by CCOF and the Organic Produce Network, in Monterey, California on December 4-5, 2019. This year is lining up to be a great one with an action-packed line up of speakers, dinners, and extensive exhibition trade show floor. If you haven’t registered, now is the time to reserve your spot! 
 
CCOF is proud to be a part of this year’s summit, as we are hosting and speaking on multiple panels. Please join us the morning of December 5 at 8:00 a.m. in the Steinbeck Ballroom at the Monterey Conference Center for a deep dive discussion on Organic Farming in the Era of FSMA. Food safety has always been important to the organic community. We’ll be looking into the changing landscape of food safety on organic farms and how the industry is complying with the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. We’ll also explore how the Food and Drug Administration’s produce inspections will be rolled out and the changes affecting the leafy greens industry. 
 
“Organic Farming Systems in the Era of FSMA” will be moderated by Jacob Guth, CCOF’s director of food safety. Panelists for the session include Donna Lynn Browne, director of food safety and social responsibility for Naturipe Farms; Greg Komar, technical director of the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement; and Steve Patton, branch chief for California Department of Food and Agriculture Inspection and Compliance. 
 
Organic production and food safety requirements can sometimes conflict, but often they work hand-in-hand. Producing safe food has always been the priority for organic growers. Come learn how this is shaking out on the ground and how organic growers are managing their success in the era of food safety. 
 
CCOF envisions a world where organic is the norm. As a resource for our certified growers, we have developed a food safety certification program that can often combine your organic and food safety inspections. Contact foodsafety@ccof.org for more information.

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