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Friday, February 1, 2019

8:00 — 8:45 am

Networking Breakfast

8:45 — 9:45 am


Opening Keynote Speaker


9:45 — 10:00 am


10:00 - 10:50 am



Breakout Sessions

          Grower Track:  Emerging Post-harvest Treatments for Organic Produce: Worth the Investment?
                                   Speaker: TBD, Apeel
          Retailer Track: New opportunities at retail; overcoming retail challenges to sell more organic
                                  Speaker: Mike Mauti , Senior Vice President Client at Execulytics Consulting from Canada

11:00 — 11:50 am



Breakout Sessions

          Grower Track: TBD
          Retailer Track: TBD

12:00 — 1:30 pm



Lunch with Keynote Speaker

National Organic Program: Update on Enforcement Issues
Speaker:  Dr. Jennifer Tucker is the Deputy Administrator for the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Program.

1:30 — 2:20 pm



Breakout Sessions

          Grower Track:  Predicting organic’s future: is there a limit to organic output?
                                   Moderator:  Tom Karst, Editor, The Packer
                                   Panelists:  Mike Preacher, Domex Superfresh Growers
                                                     Dee Dee Digby, Internatural Marketing
          Retailer Track:  TBD

2:30 — 3:30 pm


General Session

The Changing Organic Consumer
Speaker:  Steve Lutz, Vice President, US and Canada West Produce Marketing Association

3:30 — 4:30 pm





General Session

Show Your Ink: Understanding the Power of Authentic Leadership
Speaker: Dr. Todd Dewett, Leadership, Life Expert, Keynote Speaker & Author

This interactive keynote address inspires while making leadership practical and accessible. Building on organizational science and years of practical experience, Dr. Dewett delivers leadership insight through personal, funny, and emotionally moving stories. SHOW YOUR INK is a phrase that reminds us to be open and authentic.

Saturday, February 2, 2019


8:00 — 9:00 am


Breakfast and Food Safety/Tracability Panel 

Moderator:  TBD
Panelists:  TBD

 Eurofin    itrade      tomra    

9:00 - 10:00 am


Closing General Session

From Near Death to Better Business
Speaker: Eduardo Garcia, Chef, outdoorsman, athlete and co-founder of a national food brand, Montana Mex

10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Expo Hall Open