What is OPGMA?
The Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association (OPGMA) is an organization of Ohio produce growers and marketers who have consumer and processor satisfaction, environmentally friendly practices, business success, and the provision of fulfilling career opportunities for family and employees as their primary goals. These goals are accomplished though premier innovative educational programs, a legislative presence, and cooperation among members. It is also important for OPGMA to encourage and support the production of exceptional crops, improve the business intelligence of its members, and expand the consumption of Ohio-grown fruits and vegetables through improved marketing and retail operations. OPGMA provides educational and business development opportunities to any businesses associated with the production and marketing of Ohio’s fresh produce.
In January 2007 the memberships of the Ohio Fruit Growers Society, Ohio Vegetable and Potato Growers Association, and Direct Agricultural Marketers Association merged to form Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association. The new organization was formed to streamline the educational and promotional activities of the state’s produce grower’s and marketers. OPGMA has been designed to aid in providing educational opportunities to business owners, employees, and families associated with the production and marketing of the state’s fresh produce industry. Promoting the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables will also be an important goal.
Volunteers who are engaged in production and retail govern OPGMA. It is for the industry and by the industry. A member-centric organization, you can expect to feel like you’re a part of the OPGMA family when you join us as a member.
What is OPMA?
Protecting the well being of our customers should be your number priority. It has been one of OPGMA’s critical issues for several years. Throughout the year, we offer articles and other learning opportunities on this topic.
OPGMA established the Ohio Produce Marketing Agreement (OPMA) in 2009 to formally address the increasing fears about biological contamination in our fresh food products. OPMA is a state-wide voluntary program that provides a framework for food safety strategies on your farm and inspections for those farms that require it. It is officially approved by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
OPMA is governed by a separate board of directors and is currently affiliated with OPMGA through management services only.
Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association
6870 Licking Valley Road
Frazeysburg, Ohio 43822