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Organic Grower Summit 2023 session addressess AI in agriculture

The SOE Deadline Looms—Are You Ready?” Ed Session Announced for OGS 2023

MONTEREY, CA—September 13, 2023 — The explosive interest in artificial intelligence (AI) in agriculture continues to impact all facets of the growing process—from crop-yield predictions to soil monitoring to autonomous robots.

“Unlocking the Value of AI on the Digital Farming Journey,” the second-announced ed session for Organic Grower Summit (OGS) 2023 presented by Western Growers and OPN BB #:338018, will explore how AI and machine learning are providing data-driven insights and forecasts for specialty crop markets.

Moderated by Rob Trice, founder of Better Food Ventures, the session will feature panelists Derek Azevedo, executive vice president at Bowles Farming, and Megan Nunes, CEO of Bountiful. This informative and insightful ed session will explore the pains and gains these technology leaders have experienced as part of their extensive digital technology exploration.

As more companies are using AI to enhance their decision-making process, growers are seeking to increase productivity and decrease waste amid higher costs. This 50-minute ed session will explore some of the technologies currently in use and what the future of AI in agriculture may look like.

“I am really looking forward to speaking with Derek and Megan as I’ve known both of them for years and appreciate that they are as comfortable discussing farming as much as technology,” said Trice. “More valuable than that, however, I appreciate their unique ability to see past buzzwords and hype to keep focus on the value exchange technologies like AI must bring to a farming operation. To have produced at least two such cogent thinkers, there must be something special in the small Central Valley town of Gustine they both call home.”

The sixth annual Organic Grower Summit is designed to provide information vital to organic growers and producers as well as an overview of the opportunities and challenges in the production of organic fresh food.

Highlighting the two-day event is a sold-out trade show floor featuring soil amendment, ag technology, food safety, packaging, and equipment exhibitors who will have the opportunity to connect with organic field production staff, supply chain managers, pest management advisors, and food safety experts.

OGS 2023 will be held November 29-30 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California. Further details on the educational program, including session topics and speakers, will be released in the coming weeks. For more information on the sixth annual OGS, please visit

About Organic Produce Network:
OPN is a marketing organization serving as the go-to resource for the organic fresh produce industry. The company’s mission is to inform and educate through a strong digital presence with an emphasis on original content and complemented by engaging live events that bring together various components of the organic food community. The OPN audience includes organic producers, handlers, distributors, processors, wholesalers, foodservice operators, and retailers.

About Western Growers:
Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico. Our members and their workers provide over half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts, including nearly half of America’s fresh organic produce. Some members also farm throughout the US and in other countries, so people have year-round access to nutritious food. For generations, we have provided variety and healthy choices to consumers. Connect with and learn more about Western Growers on our Twitter and Facebook.