MARK YOUR CALENDAR
September 13-16, 2017
Baltimore Convention Center
2016 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
|10:00 - 11:15am||State of the Organic Industry||Room 316|
|11:30am - 12:30pm||Regulatory Update||Room 316|
|12:00 - 1:00pm||Investing in Organic||Room 317|
|1:00 - 2:00pm||The Organic Center Presents:
Combating Antibiotic Resistance
|1:30 - 2:30pm||Organic Insights from Field to Family||Room 317|
|2:30 - 3:30pm||The Organic Center Presents: Hot Science||Room 316|
|4:00 - 4:45pm||Organic's International Toolkit||Room 317|
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
|10:00 - 11:00am||Organic 101||Room 317|
|10:30 - 11:30am||Organic & Food Policy: Animal Welfare||Room 316|
|12:00 - 1:00pm||Organic & Food Policy: Labor & Fair Trade Issues||Room 316|
|1:00 - 2:00pm||High Tech Organics||Room 317|
|1:30 - 2:30pm||Organic & Food Policy: Assuring Food Access||Room 316|
Thursday, September 22
The organic opportunity has never been greater. However, as the market grows, so does the imperative to preserve a strong standard and communicate organic’s benefits to shoppers. Join a diverse group of thought leaders – including a farmer, food activist, and business executives as they discuss what will be necessary to keep organic thriving for the benefit of consumers, the environment and the economy.
Speakers: Laura Batcha, Organic Trade Association, Elanor Starmer, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, Melissa Hughes, Organic Valley, Leslie Zuck, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Marci Zaroff,* Under the Canopy, Doug Crabtree, Vilicus Farms
11:30am - 12:30pm | Room 316
Organic is the most highly regulated food system in the world. Come hear the latest from the individuals at the center of regulatory affairs for this $43 billion sector. Topics will include a review of materials scheduled to sunset in 2018/2019, hydroponics, animal welfare and compost.
Moderator: Nate Lewis, Organic Trade Association, Speakers: Miles McEvoy, USDA National Organic Program, Scott Rice, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Lisa De Lima, MOM's Organic Market
Moderator: Angela Jagiello, Organic Trade Association, Speakers: Kevin Egolf, Iroquois Valley Farm, Pete Speranza, General Mills, Nick Cherney, Janus Capital
1:00 - 2:00pm | Room 316
One of the most clearly defined benefits of organic agriculture is its rejection of antibiotics. The Organic Center will review new results illustrating the extent to which organic protects consumers from unnecessary exposure to antibiotics, while encouraging on-farm practices that keep these critical medicines viable for human healthcare.
Moderator: Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Center Speakers: Hue Karreman, VMD, Organic Veterinarian, Ron Holter, CROPP Cooperative
This session will share key insights about organic – from newly released farmer census information, to the factors motivating families to make purchase decisions and how they shape major trends operating at the retail level. The session will be conducted in a conversational/interview format in order to emphasize insights over data and create space for audience participation.
Moderator: Angela Jagiello, Organic Trade Association, Speakers: Donald Buysse, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Sylvia Baker, May Media Group, Donald Buysse, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Carlotta Mast, New Hope Network
Moderator: Michael Berger, Elevation Franchise Ventures, LLC Speaker: Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Center
Join us for a brief presentation to introduce the audience to OTA’s newly enhanced suite of Global Organic Trade Guide Tools, and an update on recent developments in international trade that will affect organic stakeholders.
Moderator: Monique Marez, Organic Trade Association Speaker: Sabina Neumann, U.S. International Trade Commission
Friday, September 23
10:00 - 11:00am | Room 317
New to the industry? Come here to learn the basics of what the organic label does (and doesn’t) mean, how it is enforced, and why it is the gold standard for food the world around.
Moderator: Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association Speakers: Beth Unger, Organic Valley/ CROPP Cooperative, Joelle Mosso, Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients, Sara Newmark, New Chapter
10:30 - 11:30am | Room 316
Why has the conventional industry weighed-in in large numbers on organic poultry and livestock issues? And now, an effort to subvert the implementation of a proposed rule to clarify existing federal organic regulations related to animal welfare standards is moving through Congress. Join our panel to learn more about this important issue, and its long-term implications for the organic standards.
Moderator: Laura Batcha, Organic Trade Association Speakers: Anne Malleau, Global Animal Partnership, Jesse Laflamme, Pete & Gerry's Organics, LLC, Adam Wartheson, Organic Valley, Ashley Rhinehart, Humane Society of the U.S.
12:00pm - 1:00pm | Room 316
Organic standards don’t include a labor component and organic agricultural systems are often more labor intensive than conventional ones. However, organic food and farming operations are often beneficial for those employed in the sector. We will discuss a number of ways in which organic intersects with labor, fair trade and policy issues.
Moderator: David Lively, Organically Grown Company Speakers: Ted Jaenicke, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, Tony Bedard, Frontier Co-op
1:00 - 2:00pm | Room 317
From agriculture to manufacturing, new technologies are being deployed to bring better organic products to market more efficiently than ever.
Moderator: Nate Lewis, Organic Trade Association Speakers: Bill Cummings, ThinFilm, Ruthie Watts, BASF, Dave Albin, Insta-Pro International, Maury Johnson, Blue River Hybrids
1:30 - 2:30pm | Room 316
This session will examine the role the organic community can play in eliminating barriers and increasing access to affordable, healthy foods, in both rural and urban areas.
Moderator: Jody Mason, WhiteWave Foods Co. Speakers: Steve Geest, MOM's Organic Market, Steve Etka, National Organic Coalition, Holly Frieshtat, CN, MS, City of Baltimore Food Policy Director
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