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17th Annual MOA Conference and Business Meeting

December 5 - December 7

About MOA’s Annual Conference and Business Meeting

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 thirty 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 17th Annual 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 Matthew Dillon, the senior director of agricultural policy and programs at Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods. Matthew works with state and federal officials, academia, ingredient suppliers, farmers within Clif agriculture supply chain and the organic industry to improve the success of the rural communities from which we source our food.

More than forty speakers over the three-day conference will also include a 5-part workshop on “Cultivating Your Legally Resilient Farm” workshop by Rachel Armstrong with Farm Commons; research updates from MSU faculty like Dr. Pat Carr and Dr. David Sands, and discussions on seeds, soil health, financing opportunities, and so much more.  MOA will once again provide Organic University, a half-day long workshop focused on organic certification. MOA is also planning on having a Friday Kid’s U to introduce youngster’s to organic agriculture.

Area farm and facility tours are a staple of MOA conferences; this year will feature a tour of Montana Gluten Free,  a cooking demonstration by Chandee Bomgardner, and a visit to MSU facilities.  Chrysti The Wordsmith will provide an entertaining rumination on words important to the organic industry in a presentation that is open to the public on Thursday, December 5 at The Commons.  There will be live and silent auctions, an awards recognition of leaders and contributors of Montana’s organic community, entertainment provided by Missy O’Malley, and networking opportunities with other organics professionals. Chandee Bomgardner will provide meals using locally sourced, organic ingredients, so the food is guaranteed to be outstanding.

This annual event also includes the MOA business meeting with board elections.

There are many ways to be involved with supporting the conference including hosting a vendor table at our tradeshow, becoming a sponsor, purchasing an advertisement in the conference program, becoming a food supplier, donating an item or service for our fundraising auction, or even volunteering. MOA is strong because of the participation and support of its many outstanding members, sponsors, advertisers, and friends. Get involved today!

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