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MOA's 15th Annual Conference and Member Meeting
“Organic Resiliency in a Changing World”
December 7-9, 2017, Mansfield Center, Great Falls, Montana

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CONFERENCE AGENDA



THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017

7:00 am - 8:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am - 12:00 pm: ORGANIC UNIVERSITY (OU)
Pre-registration is required.
The Basics of Organic Production, facilitated by organic industry experts

8:00 am - 12:00 pm: GAP TRAINING
Pre-registration is required.
Fresh produce farmers will have access to help developing their on-farm food safety GAP plans. Facilitated by Jan Tusick and David Wise.

9:45 am - 10:00 am: Coffee Break
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch

1:15-1:30 pm: Load Vehicles for Tours (meet in the foyer of the Mansfield Convention Center, 2 Park Dr S., Great Falls, MT)

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm:
MOA ORGANIC TOURS Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Tour 1: Prairie Heritage Farm:  Join owner/operators Jacob and Courtney Cowgill at their farm 25 miles, northwest of Great Falls. Jacob will provide an overview of winter vegetable production. After the tour, there are limited (6 spots) available for a bread baking demonstration with Blue Truck Bread.

Tour 2: Wilcox Family Farms:  1401 Stuckey Rd, Great Falls, MT. Wilcox Farms Organic eggs come from flocks of organically raised and grown hens. Tour the organic processing plant that uses locally sourced eggs.

Tour 3: Timeless Natural Foods: 48 Ulm-Vaughn Road, Ulm, MT. Now in its third decade, Timeless Natural Foods remains committed to sustainable agriculture, good health, and the local community. Tour the recently upgraded facilities of Montana's top organic lentil processor.

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm: MOA Social
Everyone is encouraged to attend our social. The hour will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, a no host bar, and a pre-conference welcome from the MOA Board.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Unbroken Ground: A short film by Patagonia Provisions. Discussion will follow.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2017

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am: Welcome: Doug Crabtree, MOA Board Chairman, Vilicus Farms

8:15 am – 9:15 am: CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 1, Main Hall - Georgana Webster, Montana Department of Agriculture, Organic Program Manager with Sean Mulla, USDA Organic Certifier, Trends and Issues in Montana Organics
Session 2, Cascade County Chambers, Jason Kimm,Certified Seed Potatoes
Session 3, Gibson Room, Kiki Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance, Director of Advocacy & Communications, Advancing Organic Seed

9:15 am - 9:45 am: Break and Vendor Appreciation

9:45am – 10:45 am: CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 1, Main Hall, Bruce Maxwell, Professor of Agroecology and Co-Director, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, Montana Climate Assessment and Next Steps to Adapt to a Changing Climate
Session 2, Cascade County Chambers, Al Kurki, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Sustainable Ag Program Specialist, Are Western SARE Farmer/Rancher Grants the Right Tool for You?
Session 3, Gibson Room, Nate Powell-Palm, Cold Springs Ranch, OTA Leadership Update

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Wheat, Bread and Community: Keynote Speaker Dr. Stephen Jones, Washington State University, Wheat, Bread and Community

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch, with address by Ben Thomas, Director Montana Department of Agriculture

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Student Poster Presentations and Vendor Appreciation, Gibson Room

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
KIDS’ UNIVERSITY (KU), Children's Museum of Montana, Pre-registration is required. Runs concurrently with Conference.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 1, Main Hall - Policy Update
Session 2, Cascade County Chambers, Ron Larson, Coordinator, Montana Ag Safety Program, Agricultural Safety and You
Session 3, Gibson Room - Student Poster Presentations

2:30 -2:45 pm: Break and Vendor Appreciation

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 1, Main Hall - Policy Discussion
Session 2, Cascade County Chambers, Perry Miller, Professor, Sustainable Cropping Systems, Montana State University, "Fort Ellis, Organic Lessons Learned in the Pursuit of Reduced Tillage Through Grazing"
Session 3, Gibson Room, Pat Carr, Superintendent/Associate Professor of Cropping Systems, Montana State University, Central Agricultural Research Center, "Developing Enterprise Budgets for Montana Organic Farmers: Early Iterations”

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Break and Vendor Appreciation

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Policy Discussion Continued

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Plenary Session: Nuggets of Knowledge Exchange

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Social and Reception

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm: Dinner and Auction


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

7:00 am – 8:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am: Announcements and Updates

8:15 am – 9:15 am: Keynote Dr. Stephen Jones, Washington State University, City Wheat, Country Bread: The Beauty of Place

 9:15 am - 9:45 am: Break and Vendor Appreciation

9:45am – 10:45 am: CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 1, Main Hall, Eric Sommer, State Statistician, USDA - NASS, Census of Agriculture - Your Voice, Your Future/Certified Organic Survey Results
Session 2, Cascade County Chambers, Anna Merriman, SARE
Session 3, Gibson Room, Cheryl Reichert, MD, Health and Organics

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 1, Main Hall, Buyers Panel
Session 2, Cascade County Chambers, Jody Manuel, Manuel Family Farm and Ranch, Starting Chapters
Session 3, Gibson Room, Sam Day, Everything Organic Nursery, Kathmandu, Nepal, Subsistence Farming In Nepal: Perennial Staple Crops, Fukuoka Natural Farming, Climate-Adaptable Agriculture

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: MOA Business Meeting, Chambers

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm: MOA Board Elections

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Session 1, Main Hall, Jen Swanson, Cattle, Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Providence (formerly called University of Great Falls) / Department of Biology, Growing Grass-Fed
Session 2, Cascade County Chambers, Organic Advisory Education Council Update
Session 3, Gibson Room, Jacob Cowgill, Landrace grain and Sourdough Baking

3:00 pm -3:15 pm: Break and Vendor Appreciation

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm: Closing Keynote, Bob Quinn

3:45pm - Closing Remarks, Doug Crabtree

Agenda is subject to change.




REGISTER ONLINE

If you’d like more conference information or would like to volunteer or make a scholarship donation, call Patti Gregerson at (406) 333-1054 or email her here.
DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION FORM

Vendor spaces are going very quickly this year. Please contact Susan Waters at (406) 274-4869 or email her here to make a reservation.
DOWNLOAD THE SPONSOR/VENDOR REGISTRATION FORM.

If you'd like to make a donation for the silent auction, call Cliff Merriman at (406) 654-4391 or email him here.


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