The 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Agriculture at the Crossroads

There will be an important meeting of the minds in St. Louis, Missouri on November 6 and 7 that will bring together a wide array of organic and conventional stakeholders in food and agriculture – the 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Forum.
 
The major focus of the event is to support the creation of new business opportunities in organic, non-GMO, and specialty agriculture that will that benefit U.S. producers and consumers and ultimately improve U.S. agricultural practices. 
 
Leading drivers that support growth in organic and specialty agriculture are coming from consumer trends for healthier foods, along with concerns about the environment and sustainability. This symposium will help inform producers, processors, and food marketers on opportunities across the agricultural landscape and how they can position themselves for future growth in this dynamic sector.
 
While the organic market is growing more than twice as fast as conventional food sales, it faces challenges for future growth from a tight U.S. supply and a growing reliance on imports. In addition, farmers looking to transition acreage from conventional to organic face their own set of challenges and are looking for support from industry and the USDA to help them through the three-year transition process.
 
Attendees will learn from leading industry players, scientists, farmers, trade groups, and government officials on topics such as new labeling programs (which will impact organic and non-GMO products), the organic seed supply, new seed breeding technologies, and producer challenges to transition.
 
In addition, presentations will cover opportunities for investors, how to improve logistics to improve farmer returns, new plant proteins and specialty vegetable oils, and organic and non-GMO animal feed.
 
The program will wrap up with a discussion on sustainability and climate change, and initiatives being undertaken by leading food processors to reduce their impact on the environment.
Companies and organizations presenting include the USDA, DanoneWave, DuPont Pioneer, Schillinger Genetics, CCOF, the Organic Trade Association, Oregon Tilth, Sustainable Food Lab, The Food Group, Mercaris, Pipeline Foods, Organic Seed Alliance, Amerra, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Where Food Comes From, Agromeris, Healthy Food Ingredients, NSF/QAI, AACC International, and MOSES.
 
View the full agenda, a list of participating companies, and more at http://www.ongforum.com/.
 
 
 

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