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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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SCHEDULE GRID, CONFERENCE AGENDA, AND SESSION DESCRIPTIONS LINK (AT BOTTOM)




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Agenda subject to change


THURSDAY, December 6, 2018


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Organic University, Jess Algers, Judy Owsowitz, Margaret Scoles

TOURS
1:00 PM – A Healthy Horizon, 842 2nd St. S. Great Falls, Meet at Mansfield to carpool
1:30 PM – Wilcox Farms Egg Processing, 1013 38th St. N., Great Falls, Meet at Mansfield.
Tour at 2:00 PM, limit 25
3:30 – 4:30 PM, Saibeen’s Kitchen, East Indian & East African Cooking Demo, Saibeen Acord,
525 Central Ave. Great Falls, Limit 25 Meet at Mansfield at 3:15 to walk over to tour.

5:15 PM – Main Hall: Social with heavy Hors d’oeuvres

7:00 PM – Mansfield Theatre, Film, “Dreaming of a Vetter World,” followed by Panel Discussion with David Vetter, Neva Hassanein, David Oien, Bob Quinn, and Margaret Scoles at 8:30 PM.

FRIDAY, December 7, 2018

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM – Main Hall: Late Registration and Breakfast
7:45 AM – 7:55 AM – Main Hall: Welcome and Board Introductions, Board Nominees Introduced
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Rainbow, Kids University

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM- Session 1
Main Hall: Sasha Loewen, “Mechanical Weed Control in Southeast Manitoba.” WEEDS
Gibson: Michael Kilpatrick, “Setting Yourself Up for Farming Success.” SMALL FARM/HORTICULTURE
Missouri: Rick Caquelin, “Improving Grazing Land and Livestock Economics Through Monitoring.” LIVESTOCK
Chambers: Shelly Rolando, “Tools for Producers Available Through USDA FSA Farm Programs,” RISK MANAGEMENT

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM – VENDOR APPRECIATION AND BREAK

9:15 AM – 10:05 AM – Session 2
Main Hall: Perry Miller, “MSU Research Update: Creeping Thistle Surprises, Pilot Run with Chaff Collector, Hemp Possibilities, and Exploration of Chickpea/Flax Intercrops,” WEEDS/CROP ROTATION
Gibson: Michael Kilpatrick, “Hiring Employees and Setting Them Up for Success,” SMALL FARM/HORTICULTURE
Missouri: Darrin Boss, “Integrating Livestock into Cover Crop Rotations,” LIVESTOCK
Chambers: Janet Smith, “Ag Lending Options for Organic Producers available through USDA Farm Service Agency,” GRANTS/FINANCE

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM – VENDOR APPRECIATION AND BREAK

10:30 AM – 11:20 AM – Session 3
Main Hall: OAEC, OAEC Project Updates with SoilCraft presentation – WEEDS/RESEARCH
Gibson: Michael Kilpatrick, “Marketing Your Business – Selling More of Your Farm,” SMALL FARM/HORTICULTURE
Missouri: Renée Gelbault King, “Feasibility Study— The Need for 4-H Organic Farming Curriculum” - EDUCATION
Chambers: Jennifer Dees, “Introduction to Crop Insurance: Protecting Your Risk with Crop Insurance.“ RISK MANAGEMENT

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Main Hall: LUNCH, Alyssa Charney, ”Farm Bill Update“ POLICY

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM, Missouri: Jill Clapperton, “Building the Foundation for Wellness” – KEYNOTE ADDRESS

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM – Session 4
Main Hall: Pat Carr, “Enough About Weeds! Where Are We With Nutrient Management?” WEEDS
Gibson: Michael Kilpatrick, “Season Extension – Growing Longer Means You Can Sell More” SMALL FARM/HORTICULTURE
Missouri: Eric Bergman, “Cooperative Organizing Opportunities for Montana Farmers.” MARKETING/MANAGEMENT
Chambers: Jeff Schahczenski, “Is Organic Risky? Preliminary Results from a National Organic Research and Extension Initiative Project – Part 1” RISK MANAGEMENT

3:00 PM – 3:50 – Session 5
Main Hall: David Sands, “Biocontrol of Weeds.” WEEDS
Gibson: Michael Kilpatrick, “Hiring Employees and Setting Them Up for Success,” SMALL FARM/HORTICULTURE
Missouri: Fabian Menalled, “Western SARE: Research and Education Opportunities for Organic Producers.” GRANTS/FINANCE
Chambers: Jeff Schahczenski, “Is Organic Risky? Preliminary Results from a National Organic Research and Extension Initiative Project – Part 2” RISK MANAGEMENT

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM – VENDOR APPRECIATION AND BREAK

4:15 PM – 5:05 PM - Session 6
Main Hall: Georgana Webster, “In The Weeds: Current observations, discussion and opinions in regards to successes and failures in weed management,” Panel - WEEDS
Gibson: David Baumbauer, “Influence of Sowing Date & Row Cover on Yield of High Tunnel Grown Vegetables,” SMALL FARM/HORTICULTURE
Missouri: Open
Chambers: Claudia Stephens, “Ag Worker Health and Services in Montana,” MANAGEMENT

6:00 PM – Main Hall, Social

7:00 PM – Main Hall, Dinner, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Bob Quinn

8:15 PM – Main Hall, Auction

SATURDAY, December 8, 2018

7:00 AM – 7:50 AM, Main Hall – Late Registration, Welcome

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM - Session 7
Main Hall: Tammy Howard, “Agriculture in the Middle: Strategies for Intermediate Marketing Workshop” MARKETING/MANAGEMENT
Gibson: Dr. Jane Smith, “Dying to Eat Organic: Why Organic Producers Need Clean Food Too.” HEALTH
Missouri: Johanna Mirenda, “Policy Updates and Emerging Programs that Matter to Montana Organic Farmers – Part 1” POLICY
Chambers: Stephen Jones, Heather Estrada, Jacob Cowgill, Bob Quinn, “Developing and selecting grains for regional systems,” - SEED

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM - Session 8
Main Hall: Tammy Howard, “Agriculture in the Middle: Strategies for Intermediate Marketing Workshop” MARKETING/MANAGEMENT
Gibson: Christine Skonberg, “Voices from the Field: Farmer Feedback on the General Mills Regenerative Agriculture Scorecard.“ MARKETING/MANAGEMENT
Missouri: Johanna Mirenda, “Policy Updates and Emerging Programs that Matter to Montana Organic Farmers – Part 2” POLICY
Chambers: Tessa Peters, “A Quality Assurance Primer for Montana Organic Seed Growers,“ SEED

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM - VENDOR APPRECIATION AND BREAK

10:15 AM – 11:05 AM Session 9
Main Hall: Tammy Howard, “Agriculture in the Middle: Strategies for Intermediate Marketing Workshop” MARKETING/MANAGEMENT
Gibson: Jim Auer, “Introduction to the Montana Agriculture Mediation Program,” MARKETING/MANGEMENT
Missouri: Nate Powell-Palm, “MOA Policy Committee Update,” POLICY
Chambers: Nikos Kavanya, “Seed as Industry, Seed As Life,” SEED

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Missouri: Jill Clapperton, “Productive Agroecosystems Have Strong Roots” – KEYNOTE ADDRESS

12:15 PM- 1:30 PM: Main Hall, Lunch, MOA Business Meeting

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM Session 10
Main Hall: Zach Miller, “Cold-Hardy Fruits for Montana,” SMALL FARM/HORTICULTURE
Gibson: Anna Crabtree-Jones, “Best Practices for Real Life Farm and Ranch Apprenticeships & Internships – Part 1,” MARKETING/MANAGMENT
Missouri: Joseph Kibiwott, “Soil-Plant Relationship: Aiming for the ‘Goldilocks’ Zone,” SOIL
Chambers, Bill McDorman, “The Threat of Utility Patented, Certified Organic, Non-hybrid Seeds” SEED

2:30 PM – 3:20 PM Session 11
Main Hall, Wayne Burleson, “Strong Food Gardening Without Spending Money,” SMALL FARM/HORTICULTURE
Gibson: Anna Crabtree-Jones, “Best Practices for Real Life Farm and Ranch Apprenticeships & Internships – Part 2,” MARKETING/MANAGEMENT
Missouri: Chengci Chen, “Variety selection and integrated practices for weed control in organic chickpea production,” RESEARCH UPDATE
Chambers: Bill McDorman, “The Rocky Mountain Heritage Grain Trials” SEED

Agenda subject to change


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