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All Things Organic Conference

All Things Organic Conference


September 13-16, 2017

Baltimore Convention Center

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 from the financial community interest in organic to the latest data and insights about the industry and so much more. You do not need a SuperPass to attend these sessions – your standard Expo East exhibitor or attendee badge is your ticket to great organic education. 






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
Room 316
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





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 

State of the Organic Industry

10:00 - 11:15am | Room 316

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

Regulatory Update

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

Investing in Organic 

12:00 - 1:00pm | Room 317
As the market for conventional food plods along at 2% annual growth, organic has enjoyed an average growth rate of 10% dating back at least ten years. Consumers increasingly demand organic choices, and the business community has taken note. Our panel will discuss recent merger and acquisition activity, innovative investment strategies, and what it will mean for brands, retailers and consumers. 

Moderator: Angela Jagiello, Organic Trade Association, Speakers: Kevin Egolf, Iroquois Valley Farm, Pete Speranza, General Mills, Nick Cherney, Janus Capital

The Organic Center Presents: Combating Antibiotic Resistance | Track: THE ORGANIC CENTER PRESENTS

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

Organic Insights from Field to Family

1:30 - 2:30pm | Room 317

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

The Organic Center Presents: Hot Science | Track: THE ORGANIC CENTER PRESENTS 

2:30-3:30pm | Room 316
This fast-paced session will address organic’s role in some of the hottest aspects of environmental science – Climate Change, Biodiversity, Water Quality and Soil Health. The goal is to educate as well as entertain. 

Moderator: Michael Berger, Elevation Franchise Ventures, LLC Speaker: Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Center

Organic's International Toolkit 

4:00 - 4:45pm | Room 317

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 


Organic 101

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. 

Organic & Food Policy: Labor & Fair Trade Issues | Track: ORGANIC'S ROLE IN NATIONAL FOOD POLICY

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

High Tech Organics

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

Organic & Food Policy: Assuring Food Access | Track: ORGANIC'S ROLE IN NATIONAL FOOD POLICY

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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