From Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2022, experts in the organic agriculture space came together at OGS in Monterey, Calif. to share their expertise on innovation, technology and food science and how it relates to the present and future of organic growing.
The recordings from OGS are available now for those who couldn’t make the event. The available panels’ titles include:
- Exploring Organic Research: A Discussion of Organic Grower Challenges and Solutions
- Get Ahead of the Curve and Avoid Regulatory Speedbumps
- Less Chemistry and More Biology
- Meet the AgSharks
- The Growth, Opportunities, and Future of the CEA Production
- Demand for Organics Has Softened, What Are Growers to Do?
- The Future of Ag Tech—Expanding On-Farm Profitability
- Regenerative Organic Marketing and Certification—What Lies Ahead?
- Grower of the Year – Jeff Huckaby
- Keynote – Grower Roundtable: The State of Organic Growing
Changes in issues like climate and regulations make organic farming a rapidly shifting terrain. In The Future of Ag Tech – Expanding On-Farm Profitability panel, participants like Paul Mikesell, Founder and CEO of Carbon Robotics; Gabe Sibley, Founder and CEO of Verdant Robotics and Bart Walker, President of Pacific Ag Rentals, share insight into how their work will help keep pace with some of these changes. Sibley is clear in his message: “The technology needs to meet farming where it’s at today and deliver value. It’s kind of no-nonsense stuff.” It is through these technological developments that organic growers can increase yields and manage costs.
In another shared panel, Grimmway President & CEO Jeff Huckaby, the Grower of the Year, spoke about how he got to where he is and what it took to get him there. His big picture thinking is a worthwhile listen for someone who is looking to share in some of his earned wisdom: “We’re farmers, and so you have successes every day and you have failures every day and you just have to realize that if you’re going to produce year-round that you have to be in it for the long haul.”
Huckaby concluded by saying, “If you’re going to be in organic, you need to be all in.” The Organic Grower Summit has provided hours of audio from people who are just that.
Visit the Organic Grower Summit website to listen to these panels.