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MOA's 16th Annual Conference and Member Meeting
December 6-8, 2018, Mansfield Center, Great Falls, Montana

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Every year, the Montana Organic Association (MOA) gathers its members and invites the public to join them in celebrating the organic movement that came about 30 years ago. Montana now ranks among the top states in the production of certified organic wheat and other grains along with peas, lentils and flax.

The 2018 MOA Conference will be a gathering of a diverse but like-minded people who have dedicated themselves to living by organic standards that convey trust and transparency to the consumer. They will come together to share their stories, learn from each other and confront the many challenges that face them at this time in history.

The conference keynote address will be given by Dr. Jill Clapperton, soil scientist and internationally recognized lecturer, on how to create and manage the long-term health and productivity of soils. Dr. Clapperton was the Rhizosphere Ecologist at Agriculture and Agri Food Canada Lethbridge Research Centre, studying the interaction between soils, plants and soil organisms. She also developed and implemented the Worm Watch program for Environment Canada.

MOA will present more than 40 speakers over the three-day conference, including Dr. Jennifer Swanson, University of Providence (formerly called University of Great Falls); Dr. Pat Carr from the Agricultural Department of Montana State University (MSU); Dr. Bruce Maxwell, MSU Professor of Agroecology and Co-director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems; and Dr. Bob Quinn of Kamut International.

Area farm and facility tours are a staple of MOA conferences (the 2018 Conference Tours are pending finalization) and typically include farms, ranches, processing and research facilities. A free movie screening is planned that will be open to the public. There will be live and silent auctions, entertainment provided by Jim Sargent, and networking opportunities with other organics professionals. Chandee Bomgardner will provide meals using locally sourced, organic ingredients, so the food is guaranteed to be amazing.

Please bookmark this webpage for updates on the 2018 Conference as planning continues throughout the summer and fall. If you’d like to sponsor, volunteer, or speak at the conference or have any other questions, please contact Jamie at jamie.lockman@kamut.com or Patti at moamembership@gmail.com or phone (406) 333-1054.

~ MOA 2018 Conference Committee: Jamie Lockman (Chair), Jess Alger, Nate Brown, Judy Owsowitz, MonaRae Tuhy, John Porterfield, Wes Henthorne, Gary Iverson




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 TO PAY BY MAIL


Vendor spaces are going very quickly this year. Please contact Patti Gregerson at (406) 333-1054 or email her here.
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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