2017 OPGMA Congress

January 16-18, 2017

Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Sandusky, Ohio


On-line Registration is CLOSED. You may register on-site, Sunday 12-2; Monday at 7:00 am, Tuesday 7:00, Wednesday at 7:30

**Please note that the number of reduced price registrations for additional attendees is limited by your membership level.  Should you have any additional family or employees that you would like to register, please contact Laney Mollenkopf at 614.221.1900 to get them registered at the member rate of $130 (prior to 1/9/17) or $160 (after 1/9/17).

Paper Registration form for 2017 OPGMA Congress is here

Completed paper registration forms should be emailed to opgma@assnoffices.com, faxed to 614-221-1989, or mailed to OPGMA 17 S High St, Suite 200, Columbus OH 43215

2017 OPGMA Congress- PSA Training Registration

The 2017 OPGMA Congress will be hosting a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Training session on Monday January 16, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. A purchase of a full conference registration is required prior to signing up for the PSA Training. Seats for the PSA Training session are limited, so pre-register for Congress then complete your PSA registration to reserve your spot. Seats will be on a first come first serve basis.  

PSA Training is Full. Send an email to Laney@assnoffices.com to be put on the waiting list.

PSA Training Agenda

Monday, January 16

7:45 am                Registration and Refreshments

8:15 am                Welcome and Introductions

8:45 am                Module 1: Introduction to Produce Safety

9:30 am                Module 2: Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training

10:30 am              Break

10:45 am              Module 3: Soil Amendments

11:30 pm              Module 4: Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use

12:15 pm              Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part I: Production Water

1:00 pm                Lunch at the Tradeshow

2:00 pm                Module 5: Agricultural Water – Part 2: Postharvest Water

3:00 pm                Break

3:15 pm                Module 6: Postharvest Handling and Sanitation

4:15 pm                Module 7: How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

4:45 pm                Final Questions and Evaluations

5:00 pm                Adjourn (Trade Show)

PSA Training is full

Membership Level

  • Tier 1 (<$225K Gross Sales) = 2 additional family/adults from same business registrations
  • Tier 2 ($225K – $500K Gross Sales) = 4 additional family/adults from same business registrations
  • Tier 3 ($500K - $1M Gross Sales) = 6 additional family/adults from same business registrations
  • Tier 4 ($1M+ Gross Sales) = 8 additional family/adults from the same business registrations

Congress Schedule of Events

Educational Schedule | Speaker Bios | Detailed Session Descriptions

Sunday, January 15

Noon – 2:00 pm      Registration Open

Monday, January 16

7:00 am      Registration Open (7:00 am - 4:30 pm)

7:00 am      Breakfast Concessions (until 9:30 am)

8:00 am      PSA training (8:00 am - 5:00 pm) (requires separate, no-cost, registration)

8:00 am      Educational Sessions begin 

9:00 am      Trade Show Open (9:00 am - 6:00 pm)

9:00 am      Beverage Break

9:15 am      OPGMA Annual Meeting

9:45 am      Keynote Address – Joe Himmelheber, Caito Foods

Noon          Lunch Concessions (until 1:00 pm)

3:00 pm      Beverage Break

6:00 pm      Networking Reception (until 7:30 pm)

Tuesday, January 17

7:00 am      Registration Open (7:00 am - 4:30 pm)

7:30 am      Breakfast Concessions (until 10am)

8:00 am      Educational Sessions (until 5:45 pm)

10:00 am    Beverage Break

10:30 am    General Session – Public Policy & Legislation

11:30 am     Lunch Concessions (until 1:00 pm)

1:00 pm      Midwest Apple Improvement Association Annual Meeting & Fruit Tasting

1:00 pm      OAMP Cider Contest

3:00 pm      Beverage Break

Wednesday, January 18

7:30 am       Registration Open (until 12:00 pm)

7:30 am       Breakfast Concessions (until 10:00 am)

8:00 am       Educational Sessions (until 11:30)

10:00 am     Beverage Break

On-line Registration is CLOSED. You may register on-site, Sunday 12-2; Monday at 7:00 am, Tuesday 7:00, Wednesday at 7:30

Hotel Information

A special rate of $114 for a Standard King or 2 Queens (1-4 persons) is available to 2017 attendees. This includes up to 4 passes to the Kalahari Waterpark per room per overnight stay ($144 value). To take advantage of this special rate, reservations must be made by calling 877-525-2427 on or before Sunday January 1, 2017. Please ask for the Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association room block. 

*Reservations made after this date will be accepted based on availability and may be at a higher rate.

*In order to avoid any attempts at fraud, we ask that all attendees book directly through Kalahari to set up their reservations. Do not use a private vendor.

Congress Sponsors

Congress Exhibitors

Adams County Nursery Inc.
CH2O, Inc.
Crop Production Service
Dubois Agrinovation Inc.
Durand-Wayland, Inc.
EAGLE Certification Group
Fred's Water Service
Fresh Peaches Sales
George F. Ackerman Co.
GreenStar Cooperative Farm Markets
Grimes Horticulture
Harris Moran Seed Co.
Harvest Energy Solutions
International Paper
Miller Chemical and Fertilizer
Monte Package Company
North Union Farmers Market
Nourse Farms Inc.
ODJFS - Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Program
Ohio Apple Marketing Program
Ohio Association of Foodbanks
Ohio Farm Bureau Health Benefits Plan
Ohio-Israel Agricultural Initiative of the Negev Found.
OSU Direct Marketing Team
OSU Extension Resource Area
OSU Fruit and Vegetable Team
Pratt Industries
Putnam Plastics Inc.
Rispens Seeds
Rockford Package Supply
Rupp Seeds
Small Business Growth Alliance (SBGA)
Scott Colville Crop Insurance
Seedway LLC
Siegers Seed Company
Stokes Seeds
Trellis Growing Systems
Triple K Irrigation
Literature Tables
Daisy Farms - Fertrell - Harris Seeds
Lake Erie Shores & Islands
Trade Show Floorplan
Platinum Sponsor
Ohio Muck Crop Growers (Buurma Farms, Holthouse Farms, Wiers Farm, and KW Zellers and Son)
Silver and Bronze Sponsors
AgSpray Equipment
DNO Produce
Farm Credit of Mid-America
Indiana Berry & Plant Co
Kova of Ohio
Monte Package Company
Rockford Package Supply
The Gowan Company
Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth
Central Ohio Burlap & Bag
Sutton Ag Enterprises
Wright & Moore

Questions? Contact OPGMA at opgma@assnoffices.com or at 614.221.1900

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