MOA Annual Conference and Business Meeting

18th Annual Conference and Business Meeting, December 3 - 5, University of Providence, Great Falls, MT

Watch for our Keynote Speaker Announcements!

Thank you, Clif Bar for being a 2019 Conference Sponsor!

Our 2020 schedule is still in the planning stage, but you can check out last year's schedule below. Please consider submitting your speaking proposal by August 1, 2020.

2019 MOA Conference Schedule

Schedule subject to change.

Watch here for the 2020 Conference Schedule. If you are interested in speaking at the conference, please be sure to submit your speaking proposal by August 1, 2020.

Sponsors and advertisers are the key to a successful MOA conference. Please thank and support them!

MOA has organic t-shirts and organic caps available for purchase and pick up at the MOA Conference. Your purchase helps support MOA!

  • If you are interested in supplying the MOA conference with your delicious organic food, please let us know!
  • In addition to the great speakers, unparalleled networking opportunities, and a relaxed and fun backdrop, one of the best things about the conference is outstanding organic food and beverages. This year's conference will once again be catered by Chandee Bomgardner with Bomgardner Catering, Loma, MT.  Please follow the link to see a list of MOA's organic suppliers and find a form to become a supplier here.

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 18th 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 announced in the coming months. We are proud of the caliber of our keynote speakers and thank the leaders in organic food and agriculture who have shared their knowledge, experience, and inspiration with Montana's organic community.

MOA offers the opportunity to hear from more than forty speakers over the three-day conference. The past program has included programming like the 6-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, climate change, 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 youngsters to organic agriculture.

Area farm and facility tours are a staple of MOA conferences; we will announce those in early fall. Thursday evening will include entertainment from popular, locally based musicians (be prepared to be entertained and inspired!).   There will be live and silent auctions, an awards recognition of leaders and contributors of Montana's organic community, entertainment provided once again by Zane Burns. Expect networking opportunities with other organic professionals and delicious, outstanding organic food.

The conference 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, volunteers, sponsors, advertisers, and friends. Get involved today!

MOA has several registration options, including discounted registration for MOA members and students, along with those for vendor booths, sponsorships, and premium sponsorships. You will also find ways to donate, to volunteer, to sign kids up for Kids' U and more!

Visit MOA's registration page here.

Conference registration is online, but if you prefer to pay via check with a hard copy form, please email to let us know and a form will be emailed to you. moamembership@gmail.com

MOA welcomes students! We know the timing of the conference is tough with finals, but we think you'll get a lot out of our conference. Check out our student page for a reduced registration rate, volunteer opportunity, and application to present your work in a poster session.

Venue

The Commons 1794 Baxter Lane East, Bozeman, MT 59718

Hotels

  • Super 8 in Belgrade - 6450 Jackrabbit Lane, Belgrade, MT 59714. $59 per night, one Queen or two Queens. Newly renovated. (406) 388-1493
  • Spring Hill Suites – 1601 Baxter Lane Bozeman, Montana 59715.  $119 per night one king or two queens. Has shuttle to downtown. (406) 586-5200
  • Holiday Inn Express –309 W. Madison Avenue, Belgrade, MT 59714. $89/ mix of queens. (406) 388-7100
  • The Lark - 122 West Main St.
    Bozeman, MT 59715. Double/Double or King, $143.65/Thursday and Friday and $160.65/Saturday. (406) 624-3070. Mention "Montana Organic Association." Block held until October 20, 2019.
  • Element Bozeman (LEED Certified)– 25 East Mendenhall Street, Bozeman, Montana 59715. (406) 582-4972. $153 per night One King bed or $163 for Two Queen beds. Hotel offers complimentary Airport Shuttle.

The direction of this organization is only as strong as its Leadership. MOA welcomes energetic, committed dynamic leaders to join us to ensure the continued success of MOA.

The Board of Directors election will take place during the MOA Conference Annual Business Meeting at The Commons Conference Center, 1794 Baxter Lane East, Bozeman, MT 59718.

Call for Nominations.

The MOA Awards Committee is seeking your nominations for two awards to be presented at the Annual Conference in Great Falls.

The “Lifetime of Service” award goes to an organic producer, handler, retailer, researcher, service provider (or other) who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to organic agriculture in Montana.

A “Leadership in Organics” award goes to an organic producer, handler, retailer, researcher, service provider (or other) who demonstrates an on-going commitment to advancing the adoption, practice, and success of organic agriculture in Montana.

Are you a college student who is vested in organic agriculture? Are you doing research on topics relevant to organic farming, food, business, or the environment? Share your work with MOA! We welcome poster displays accompanied by brief descriptions of your work. Apply for the opportunity to present your work and build your cv here.

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