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Candid Conversation with National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)


Posted on November 2018

An educational session at the 2018 Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from two members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), providing an overview of the agency responsible for recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and processing of organic products.

The session, Candid Conversation with NOSB Members, will feature an in-depth look at how the Board makes recommendations on organic production practice standards and materials allowed or prohibited for use in the production and processing of organic foods. The session will also include a question and answer period with OGS attendees.

The session will be moderated by Melody Meyer, president of Source Organics, and will feature NOSB Chair Tom Chapman, senior sourcing manager, ingredients, Clif Bar, Inc.; and newly-elected NOSB member Eric Schwartz, CEO, United Vegetable Growers Cooperative.

“We look forward to talking with members of the organic community at OGS about the work of NOSB,” said Schwartz. “The NOSB relies heavily on input from the organic community, especially during the advisory process to the National Organic Program. It's important to understand how the rulemaking process works and how organic growers, processors, and handlers can get involved.”

OGS, a joint production between CCOF and the Organic Produce Network (OPN), brings together organic growers, producers, and processors for two days of education, information, and networking opportunities with organic production supply chain and service providers.

Attendee registration for OGS is $499, with discounts available for CCOF members and government and educational members. CCOF members should use their CCOF client code at registration to receive a discount on the price. Registration to OGS is all-inclusive, and includes admittance to the opening reception, educational sessions, keynote presentations, breakfast, and lunch and trade show floor.

Participating grower attendees have an opportunity to meet with a team of Costco buyers as part of a special "Meet the Grower" opportunity. This unique session provides certified organic farmers and grower representatives the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Costco organic produce, dairy, meat, and wine buyers to discuss their operations and products.

Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to a pair of additional activities: the 2018 CannaBus Tour from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12 and the CCOF Foundation’s celebratory “We Are Organic” Dinner on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Over 50 sponsors have confirmed their support of OGS. The tradeshow floor is nearly sold out, with only a few exhibitor spaces remaining. Exhibitors include soil amendment, bio-pesticide, seed, packaging, 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 further information about OGS 2018, please visit