Webinar: Organic Certification – trends, challenges & opportunities
Niki Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Organic Limited
Josefine Pettersen, Technical Officer, Australian Organic Limited
Niki Ford joined AOL in 2018 and, in that time, has represented the organic industry to government and leaders across the nation advocating on behalf of organic primary producers and businesses. Ms Ford has extensive knowledge of organic consumer behaviour, organic production, regularity processes and trade market access matters.
For the past three years, Ms Ford has worked particularly to highlight the importance of a domestic regulatory framework for the organic sector, for the benefit of both industry and consumers while supporting Government on market access negotiations. In 2020 Ms Ford was awarded a mentorship through the NFF Diversity in Agricultural Leadership Program and returned in 2021 as a mentor. The same year she was also awarded a scholarship through Tim Fairfax Foundation as part of the 28 Cohort of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.
Josefine Petterson has a Masters of Organic Agriculture coupled with industry experience in both cropping and livestock. Having worked in the EU and Australia, she brings a new perspective of Organic Agriculture and insight to advancing opportunities of Australian producers. As part of her new Technical Officer role at AOL, she is focused on standards development and market access to further advance the Organic industry
Ryan Reynolds, General Manager, The Organic Milk Company Pty Ltd
Ryan is a sales and marketing executive with 15+ years experience in consumer products spanning a range of agriculture sectors from aquaculture to dairy. Since joining The Organic Milk Company in 2018, Ryan has developed new and existing domestic sales channels for organic dairy products and ingredients, utilising the milk from their 35 farmer suppliers across Victoria and Tasmania.
Most recently, Ryan has represented the organic dairy industry as a member of the Organic Advisory Group, supporting the need for a mandatory domestic organic standard. Market access and advancing global trading opportunities are significant areas of focus for The Organic Milk Company to accelerate growth and provide long term stability to the organic dairy sector in Australia.
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