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Organic Grower Summit 2021 Keynote Presentation

by Guest Blogger |

Next Gen: A Conversation with the Next Generation of Organic Leaders

Up-and-coming leaders from three of the nation’s most progressive organic growing operations have been confirmed as panelists for the keynote presentation at the 2021 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) presented by Western Growers and OPN on December 1-2 in Monterey, California. 

“Next Gen: A Conversation with the Next Generation of Organic Leaders” will be moderated by Dave Puglia, president and CEO of Western Growers, with panelists for the discussion including Keith Barnard, senior vice president of sales and sourcing at Mission Produce; Bianca Kaprielian, CEO and co-owner of Fruit World; and Mike Valpredo, president and co-founder of Country Sweet Produce. Featuring candid commentary, this thought-provoking keynote presentation will explore how these young leaders see the landscape of organic fresh produce today, the issues organic fresh producers need to address, and what the future of the multi-billion-dollar organic fresh produce industry may look like.

“As the future of the organic fresh produce industry rests with the next generation of growers and producers, they will face a wide array of opportunities and obstacles. While the sales and consumption of organic fresh produce items continues to grow, challenges from labor, water, regulations, and other hot button issues await these new leaders. It is important we hear their viewpoints and perspectives as it relates to the future of organic production and growth of our industry,” said Tonya Antle, co-founder of the Organic Produce Network. 

Registration for OGS is all-inclusive, giving you access to the educational sessions, keynote presentation, opening reception, breakfast, lunch, and trade show floor. Register today at

Other educational sessions slated for 2021 OGS include:

•    Building Resilience through Organic Farming Systems

•    SmartFarm: AgTech in the Field

•    Organic Grower Perspectives on the Challenges of Scaling

•    Growing and Selling in the Mexican Organic Market

•    Are Regenerative and Sustainability Labeling Good for Organics?

•    Organics at Retail—Performance and Consumer Expectations


Register today! CCOF members receive a registration discount.