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All Things Organic Conference

All Things Organic Conference


September 12-13, 2019
Baltimore, MD

Held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East, the All Things Organic Conference delivers a thought-provoking program with critical information on the issues that impact your organic business. Speakers will address a range of topics with the latest data and insights about the industry and so much more. 

If you missed the Conference in 2018, see below for information on session topics and speakers. Stay tuned for updates on the 2019 programming. 

2018 Conference Sessions

Thursday, September 13

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5
State of the Organic Industry 
In light of the government’s termination of the industry-led effort to establish a research and promotion order for organic, learn about bold plans to GRO organic through voluntary mechanisms that advance organic priorities.  Join OTA’s CEO, Laura Batcha, and other thought leaders for a conversation about how the industry can continue to push on priorities including supply chain integrity, agricultural research and consumer education – to keep the organic brand strong into the next decades and beyond. Following the session, OTA will host a series of meetings to explore how industry can invest in moving the industry forward together.

Discussion Leader: Laura Batcha, Organic Trade Association 
Speakers: Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm, Inc. 
                     Dan Strangler, Annie's Inc. 
                     Melissa Hughes, Organic Valley 
                     Perry Clutts, Pleasantview Farm 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5
The Organic Center Presents: Protecting the Health of Farmworkers and Agricultural Communities
Organic is a system that strives to protect the health of farmworkers not only through rejecting the use of toxic and persistent chemicals but more broadly, by implementing solutions that benefit crops and the people whose labor produces them.  During this session, scientists from The Organic Center will discuss the latest science related to organic systems and farmworker health, and explore ways that organic is advancing the agenda of fair trade and worker rights.

Discussion Leader: Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Center 
Speakers: Lori Wyman, Global Organic Textile Standard
                     Eckhart Kiesel, Ciranda

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 6
Organic Policy Update
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 $50 billion sector. Topics will include a review of issues slated to come before the National Organic Standards Board, a discussion of the Farm Bill process and outcomes, and enforcement actions at the National Organic Program.

Discussion Leader: Rick Collins, CLIF Bar & Company
Speakers: Megan DeBates, Organic Trade Association
                     Jenny Cruse, Accredited Certifiers Association, Inc.
                     Jennifer Tucker, USDA National Organic Program 
                     Lisa De Lima, MOM's Organic Market 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5
Aisle by Aisle: Organic Retail Trends
It is a fascinating time for organic at the marketplace. The retail landscape is radically transforming, and every segment is affected. Come hear from experts in every section about the current trends, and how brands and merchants are adapting in response.

Discussion Leader: Nancy Coulter-Parker, NCP Solutions
Speakers: Brian Dey, Four Seasons Produce 
                     Tracy Miedema, Presence Marketing 
                     Mark Squire, Good Earth Natural Foods

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 6
Organic Supply Chain Integrity Update
Join us for an update from members of OTA’s Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force. Convened in 2017 in response to the discovery of fraudulent organic ingredient imports, the task force has created a suite of tools and best practices to help brands and traders mitigate the risk and occurrence of fraud in the organic supply chain.

Discussion Leader: Kim Dietz, J.M. Smucker Co.
Speakers: Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield 
                     Ken Dallmier, Clarkson Grain Company, Inc.
                     Sam Raser, Grain Millers

Friday, September 14

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5
Organic 101
New to the organic industry? Join us 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.

Discussion Leader: Johanna Mirenda, Organic Trade Association
Speakers: Graham Rigby, Organic India 
                     Mike Dill, Organically Grown Company
                     Stephen Walker, Midwest Organic Services Association

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 6
The Organic Center: Organic & Soil Health
Join us for a deep dive into the latest science on organic and best practices for soil health. We will explore the latest science and trends on key soil health issues: To till or not to till? How do you measure soil health improvement? How can standards drive improvement in practices related to soil health?

Discussion Leader: Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Center
Speakers: Ali Kelley, Annie's Inc. 
                     Doug Crabtree, Vilicus Farms
                     Michel Cavigelli, USDA Agricultural Research Service

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5
The Postmodern Organic Company
It is a time of profound change in the retail industry. Some of the changes include retail models: online, in-person, hybrid.  How are brands fixing their mix? At the same time, brands are responding to demand for transparency, communicating with consumers across a number of platforms,  all while embracing a host of environmental and social justice practices. Leaders in the organic space from a variety of companies will discuss how they are bringing it all together to keep their brands out front.

Speakers: John Foraker, Once Upon a Farm
                     Marci Zaroff, MetaWear
                     Tyler Lorenzen, Puris
                     Elizabeth Crawford, Food Navigator-USA

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 6
Organic Blockchain Revolution
Blockchain technology has the potential to bring organic to the forefront of transparency throughout the supply chain. Join us to enhance your understanding of what the technology is, what it can (and probably can’t) do, and hear about early forays into its implementation.

Speakers: Tejas Bhatt, WalMart
                     Jennifer Tucker, USDA - National Organic Program 
                     Erin Heitkamp, Pipeline Foods 
                     Cynthia Barstow, University of Massachusetts 

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5
Trend Watch: “Freshification” of Food
The inner aisles of the supermarket are increasingly challenged by consumer demand for all things fresh. Non-perishables are challenged to “fresh-ify” their appearances, and packaged goods are making their way into areas of the store traditionally reserved for items with shorter expiration dates. How is e-commerce responding? What’s next? How will center store innovate?

Discussion Leader: Melody Meyer, Source Organic  
Speakers: Mason Arnold, Cece's Veggie Noodle Co. 
                     Kate Brown, Boulder Organic Foods, LLC 

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