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The critical role of organics in U.S. agriculture at the Organic & Non-GMO Forum (10.27.2016)

MINNEAPOLIS, October 27, 2016Jeff Moyer, keynote speaker at next month’s Organic & Non-GMO Forum, will draw upon his four decades of experience with organic farming to explore how it has changed the world, and now through science, points the way to a regenerative future. Moyer, executive director at Rodale Institute, along with other sought-after industry experts, will examine the complexities of developing an organic or non-GMO supply chain at this second annual event, November 14-15 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

Moyer has been helping farmers transition from conventional farming to organic methods for nearly a lifetime with his work at Rodale Institute, which is committed to groundbreaking research in organic agriculture, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating people about organic options. In 2015, he was appointed executive director at the Institute.

Moyer is a past chair of the National Organic Standards Board, a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic, and serves on various other boards. He also is the author of “Organic No-Till Farming,” a publication that has become a global resource.

Broadening the discussion to supply chain challenges, speaker Kellee James, CEO of Mercaris, a market data service and trading platform for organic, non-GMO and other IP agricultural commodities, will present “Global Supply and Demand Trade Flows in Organic & Non-GMO Ingredients.” She will provide a snapshot of organic and non-GMO demand, highlighting the gaps in the trade flow along the way, and presenting an outlook for solutions to satisfy this demand.

Speaker Ben Allen of Trimble will add depth to the conversation about the supply chain during his presentation “Creating Solutions for Traceability Along the Supply Chain” on opening day of the conference. At Trimble, a leading provider of advanced location-based solutions such as GPS, laser and optical technologies, Allen is enterprise solutions lead for agriculture. His session will explore the importance of traceability along the supply chain and introduce some of the novel tools to accomplish this.

Learn more at www.ongforum.com and claim a 15% discount on registration with the code: RELEASE. Also visit Oilseed & Grain Trade Summit, the event that is co-located with the Forum.
Host of the event, HighQuest Group, based in Danvers, Mass., is a strategic advisory, conference and media company serving corporations, financial investors and governments across the global food and agribusiness value chains. www.highquestgroup.com



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