Sep 24, 2019
Organic Grower Summit education session speakers set

The founders and CEOs from six of the nation’s most progressive ag tech companies will present a series of TedTalk-style presentations to kick off the educational program at the third annual Organic Grower Summit in Monterey, California.

Sponsored by Western Growers, the two and a half hour long educational intensive, Real Talk with Ag Tech Disruption Leaders, is divided into two sessions. The first session features three ag tech pioneers sharing their thoughts on the increasing use of precision and automated technology to help growers improve yield, while protecting the soil and ecosystems.

The second part of the session includes founders of three leading companies in supply chain efficiency and food waste management exploring new technologies to boost sustainability for growers – and the planet. Each session will include a panel discussion and end with an audience Q & A.

The featured presenters include:

  • Christine Mosley, CEO/Founder, Full Harvest
  • Sebastien Boyer, CEO/Co-Founder, Farm Wise
  • Aidan Mouat, CEO/Co-Founder, Hazel Technologies
  • Diane Wu, CEO/Co-Founder, Trace Genomics
  • Kaben Smallwood, CEO/Co-Founder, Symbiotic Aquaponics
  • James Rogers, CEO/Founder, Apeel Sciences
Christine Mosley

“Western Growers is extremely proud to be working with the Organic Grower Summit to bring forward a stellar group of companies who are changing the landscape for organic fresh produce production and supply chains,” said Hank Giclas, senior vice president of science and technology at Western Growers. “These TED style talks by the founders and CEO’s of these companies followed by an engaging panel discussion will showcase these progressive companies and their technology in a power packed educational session that can’t be missed.”

The third annual OGS is produced by partners California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Organic Produce Network (OPN) and is designed to provide information vital to organic farmers and ranchers, as well as an overview of the challenges and opportunities in the production of organic products.  The two-day event will be held Dec. 4-5 in Monterey, California.

Sebastien Boyer

In addition to the announcement of Real Talk with Ag Tech Disruption Leaders, the thirdannual OGS will feature a trio of acclaimed keynote presenters, recognized for their innovative and resourceful leadership in creating new and exciting opportunities for those involved in the production of organic crops and products.

The presenters include Kat Taylor, co-Founder and CEO of Beneficial State Bank, and founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation; Amy Ansel, co-founder of Titan Bioplastics; and David Perry, President and CEO of Indigo Ag.

A series of educational sessions is also on tap during OGS and will touch on areas including:

  • What’s Next in Organic Plant Health?
  • The Growing Hemp Marketplace

    Aidan Mouat
  • Organic Cannabis on the Horizon
  • Strategies to Reduce Risk through Organic Soil Health Practices
  • Organic Farming in the Era of FSMA
  • Organic Sales Data Dive

With 43 sponsors already committed and a nearly sold-out trade show floor, OGS will feature exhibitors showcasing the latest in soil amendment, food safety, ag technology, and equipment manufacturers who will be  connecting with organic field production staff, supply chain managers, pest management advisors, and food safety experts.

For more information on the third annual Organic Grower Summit, visit

Diane Wu

CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We advocate on behalf of our members for organic policies, support the growth of organic through education and grants, and provide organic certification that is personal and accessible. CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food.

Founded in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America and our presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a future where organic is the norm.

For more information about CCOF, visit

James Rogers

Founded by agricultural industry veterans Matt Seeley and Tonya Antle, The Organic Produce Network(OPN) was established as a vibrant on-line and live content programming organization connecting the entire organic fresh produce industry.

Designed as the voice and go-to resource for all things related to organic produce, the company’s mission is to inform and educate through a strong digital presence with an emphasis on original content, and complimented by engaging live events which bring together various components of the organic food community. For more information about OPN, visit

Photo at top: Kaben Smallwood, CEO/co-funder, Symbiotic Aquaponics


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