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HighQuest hosts only domestic event of its kind to address supply chain challenges in organic & non-GMO sector (4.25.2017)

 ST. LOUIS, April 25, 2017 – In a segment that has grown by double-digits every year since the 1990s, with sales stretching from $3.6 to $43.3 billion in only eight years, according to the Organic Trade Association 2016 industry survey, it is not surprising that supply chain challenges remain in the organic sector.

The third annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum, to be held this year November 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, is the only domestic conference of its kind to bring together stakeholders from across this value chain to address the growing opportunities and substantial challenges. Key to this is understanding the crossroad with conventional commodities, making valuable connections between the sectors for a comprehensive overview that enlightens all participants.

Key speakers, such as Bill Lapp of Advanced Economic Solutions, and John Mesko of Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), will provide diverse perspectives from both a domestic and foreign outlook and highlight best practices for common situations.

For Mesko, executive director at MOSES, his presentation will focus on options for production practices. “Organic farming practices can improve farmer bottom lines, and increase long-term sustainability, the environment and quality of life,” he said in a pre-event interview. “Right now, there is not enough supply of U.S.-based organic grain production to meet demand, which creates a great opportunity for farmers to consider a move toward organics.”

Discussions at the Organic & Non-GMO Forum, hosted by HighQuest Group, will unearth the interconnected nature of the markets, trade and transportation case studies, and networking opportunities with hundreds from companies like Envirologix, Dairy Farmers of America, High Caliber Transloading and Husch Blackwell LLP.

Highlights of the crucial discussion topics at the one-and-a-half-day conference include:

• Is CRISPR the Future of Seed Breeding Technology?
• Evaluating Strategic Options and Entry Points in Specialty Processing
• ​Building Markets for Rotational Specialty Crops
• Agriculture at the Crossroads: Emerging Opportunities for Producers and Processors
• Update on Non-GMO and GMO Labeling Initiatives - Who, What and Why
• How Organic Imports Benefit and Create Challenges for the Organic Market

Learn more at www.ongforum.com.
About HighQuest Group

HighQuest Group, headquartered in Danvers, Mass., is a strategic advisory, conference, and media firm serving corporations, financial investors, and governments across the global food and agribusiness value chains. Founded in 2000, HighQuest has completed over 300 strategic advisory engagements and hosts preeminent industry events including the Global AgInvesting series, GAI AgTech Week, Organic & Non-GMO Forum, and the Women in Agribusiness Summit series. www.highquestgroup.com

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