2021 Ohio Produce Network

January 18-20, 2021

The Ohio Produce Network is going virtual! What does that mean for you?

What Does Virtual Mean?

During COVID-19, it seems everything has gone virtual and the Ohio Produce Network is no exception. That means there will be no in-person educational sessions or industry trade show, but if you have access to a computer, smart phone or electronic tablet, and the internet, you will be able to hear and see expert speakers tell how you can improve your production, marketing and profitability. Plus, you will be able to see on the screen what new products and money-saving deals in equipment and supplies industry exhibitors are offering this year in the trade show part of virtual event.

How much is the registration fee and how do I register?

This year we are offering a flat registration fee of $40 per person that will enable you to access all the educational sessions. If you have two people that would like to “attend” the virtual event, we ask that you each pay $40. If you are looking to get pesticide recertification credits through ODA, you will need to register and sit through the session so that you can get your credits!

Is there a discount for being a member of one of the sponsoring organizations?

Not this year – we purposely are keeping the registration fee to a minimum to enable and encourage as many growers as possible to participate in this year’s virtual event – but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE remember that your association needs your continued membership to continue to serve you this year and in the coming years.

Will there be a printed program to see what topics and speakers are on the schedule?

While we are including a tentative program for you, the virtual Convention website will have the final program in a format that you can print out to plan which sessions you want to participate in.

Will I be able to get pesticide credits?

We are planning to be able to offer pesticide credits for growers as we usually do. Please note that each individual seeking to get pesticide credits will need to register separately and pay the $40 fee. You will enter your pesticide license number, birth date and other contact information when you register. The educational sessions will be offered from the Zoom platform, which allows us to have a record of who is logged on during each presentation that qualifies for a pesticide credit. So just like the in-person event, you will need to be “present” (logged-in) during the presentations that qualify for core and category credits in order to receive the credits.

How will the trade show work?

While we are not having a tradeshow this year, we do have industry partners that have put together short promotional videos that showcase their products and what they can do for you!

When will I receive the instructions for attending the virtual event? 

The OPGMA Office is working diligently to prepare for this unique experience and will send you the necessary instructions within a couple of weeks of the event. Make sure that the email address associated with your registration is accurate and up to date so that there is no delay in receiving our communications.

Do I have access to all of the educational sessions?

In a word, yes! You will be given the opportunity to select which sessions you’d like to attend virtually. It is up to you to decide which sessions interest you in a given time block and to attend those sessions as desired. You may attend as many or as few sessions as you want.

Will I be able to see the presenters for each session? 

Yes. The sessions are going to be live.

Can I ask questions during the educational sessions? 

We encourage you to ask questions at any time during the session. Speaker contact information will be provided in the Network program so that you can also reach out to the speaker with any questions that you may have.

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