Managing Organic Production Systems to Promote Plant Health

Organic Grower Summit Announces Education Session
(October 9, 2018) Monterey, CA – The second of six educational sessions for the 2018 Organic Grower Summit has been finalized and will focus on managing the challenges of plant health in organic production systems. Managing Organic Production Systems to Promote Plant Health will feature organic industry experts offering a deep dive discussion on maintaining plant health without the use of synthetic inputs to enhance plant nutrition or control pests and disease. 
The 50-minute educational session will address current research on organic crop fertility management practices and organic strategies for managing insect pests and diseases. Organic industry leaders will discuss new agronomic tools and organic products available to organic growers, as well as ecologically-based approaches to disrupt pest and disease cycles and improve plant health. 
The session will be moderated by Organic Farming Research Foundation Executive Director Brise Tencer and will include featured speakers: 
  • Ehsan Toosi, director of research and development, True Organic Products
  • Pam Marrone, founder and CEO, Marrone Bio Innovations
  • Tim Schultz, vice president of research and development, Lundberg Family Farms
"In our national survey of organic farmers, pest and disease management emerged as a top priority, along with soil health," said Tencer. "There's a wealth of new research available that addresses the unique challenges facing organic farmers and ranchers, and we are excited about the opportunity to get the latest information and resources out to more producers." 
The Organic Grower Summit, a joint production between CCOF and Organic Produce Network (OPN), brings together organic growers, producers, and processors for two days of education, information, and networking opportunities with organic production supply chain and service providers. 
Attendee registration for OGS is $499, with discounts available for CCOF members and government and educational members. CCOF members should use their CCOF client code when registering to receive their discount. Registration to OGS is all-inclusive, and includes admittance to the opening reception, educational sessions, keynote presentations, breakfast, lunch, and trade show floor.
Participating grower attendees have an opportunity to meet with a team of Costco buyers as part of a special "Meet the Grower" opportunity.  This unique session provides certified organic farmers and grower representatives the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Costco organic produce, dairy, meat, and wine buyers to discuss their operations and products.
Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to a pair of additional activities: the 2018 CannaBus Tour from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12 and the CCOF Foundation “We Are Organic” Dinner on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Over 50 sponsors have confirmed their support of OGS. The tradeshow floor is nearly sold out, with only a few exhibitor spaces remaining. 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. 
For further information about OGS 2018, please visit
About OPN
OPN is a marketing organization serving as the go-to resource for the organic fresh produce industry.  The company's mission is to inform and educate through a strong digital presence with an emphasis on original content and complimented by engaging live events which bring together various components of the organic food community. The OPN audience includes organic producers, handlers, distributors, processors, wholesalers, foodservice operators and retailers.
About CCOF
CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We advocate on behalf of our members for organic policies, support the growth of organic through education and grants, and provide organic certification that is personal and accessible.
CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food. Founded in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America and our presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a future where organic is the norm.
For more information about CCOF, visit
Matt Seeley, Organic Produce Network
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