This year the Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, Calif. on Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2022 again provided growers with firsthand knowledge and information in areas ranging from agtech to food safety to sustainability.

The Grower of the Year was awarded to Jeff Huckaby, President of Grimmway Farms, headquartered in Bakersfield, Calif. During Huckaby’s 25-year tenure at Grimmway, the company’s organic program grew from several hundred acres to more than 40,000 acres of certified organic ground.

Among the panels that took place:

The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology was created to link Western Growers members with innovators in the agtech space. Below are news updates from the Center’s startups:


For most professionals involved in agriculture, they say ag is in their blood. For Carson Britz, his family started out in agriculture as a crop retailer in the 1940s. After working a number of years in areas that include production, growing, processing, food safety, R&D and ag tech, he’s come full circle, and is now the Senior Manager of Sustainable Ag in the Western U.S. region for Nutrien Ag Solutions.

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