14th Annual Montana Organic Association Conference, Kalispell, MT



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You are cordially invited to the 14th Annual Montana Organic Association Conference and Member Meeting, December 1-3, 2016, in Kalispell, Montana.

The conference will be held on the Flathead Valley Community College campus, and will feature presentations from a variety of experts in organic agriculture, including farmers, researchers, policy analysts, and business specialists.

Our keynote speaker, Dr. John Reganold, WSU Regents Professor of Soil Science, is sure to stimulate discussion around sustainability, organic farming, and soil health, and conference attendees will learn about important policy issues from the Organic Trade Association, NOSB, Organic Advisory and Education Council, Montana Department of Agriculture, and MOA’s Board.

We will also hear from experts in grain and weed research, seed production, livestock health, and climate change. We are especially excited to be bringing back our Nuggets of Knowledge session this year, with an expanded format that will allow for beginning and seasoned producers to exchange information and farming experiences. 

We will be facilitating Organic University for people interested in learning what it takes to become a certified organic producer. We will also conduct a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Food Safety Training session, complete with a real-life audit of the FVCC Campus Farm. 

Our tour choices this year also include a trip to Brown’s Meadow Farm and Pete Wade’s Montana Better Beef Ranch, accompanied by Joe Snyder, DVM, who will offer his input and perspectives on animal health and livestock care. Another tour option is a visit to MOA Board Member Judy Owsowitz’s Terrapin Farm and then to Whitefish Stage Organic Farm, Flathead Valley’s newest organic vegetable operation.

For entertainment this year, we are offering Turn Here Sweet Corn, a one-woman play chronicling the life and times of Atina Diffley. The performance will follow our welcome reception, co-hosted this year by the National Young Farmers Coalition. We will also feature silent and live auctions, fantastic organic meals, informative vendors, a live marimba band, and countless networking opportunities, which all adds up to a lot of fun! 

The conference is a great opportunity to share experiences and meet others within our organic community. 

Please review the agenda, download our registration form below, and start planning your conference experience today!

See you in Kalispell!

~MOA 2016 Conference Committee 
Heather Estrada (Chair), Linda Benjamin, Julian Cunningham, Patti Gregerson, John Larmoyeaux, Jamie Lockman, Judy Owsowitz, Tessa Peters, Seth Swanson, MonaRae Tuhy, Susan Waters 

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