MOA Annual Conference and Business Meeting

18th Annual MOA Conference and Business Meeting

University of Providence

December 3 - 5, 2020

Awards Banquet and Fundraising Auction at the Meadow Lark Country Club

Watch for our Keynote Speaker Announcements!

MOA welcomes proposals for speaking at the conference. Speaker presentations typically are 30 - 40 minutes with 10 - 15 minutes for questions. The MOA Conference Committee will review proposals for educational, balanced, and compelling topics. Speaking slots are competitive. Please contact Jamie Lockman for more information.

Call for Student Posters - Due November 1, 2020

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. Student poster presentations are typically 5- 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. Students are responsible for producing their own posters. Complete proposals received by November 1, 2020, will receive priority consideration. Ideally, students will be working with a faculty advisor overseeing their work. We know the timing of the conference is tough with finals, but we think you'll get a lot out of our conference.

Do you have organic food that you would like highlighted at the MOA Conference? Let us know!

Volunteer at the MOA Conference

MOA Conferences are successful because folks pitch in and help. Please consider volunteering.

Our 2020 schedule is still in the planning stage, but you can check out last year's schedule below. Please submit 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

Given the COVID-19 Pandemic the MOA Conference is subject to change.

Planning for the conference continues, but the MOA Conference Committee recognizes that the conference may look different in 2020. The MOA Business Meeting will take place regardless. In the case of public event restrictions, the meeting will take place via conference call or other virtual means. 

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, held at the University of Providence in Great Falls, 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!).   In 2020, the be live and silent auctions and awards recognition of leaders and contributors of Montana's organic community will take place at the Meadow Lark Country Club. Entertainment will once again be provided 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 on Saturday, December 5.

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

Venues

University of Providence
1301 20th Street South, Great Falls, Montana 59405

Meadow Lark Country Club
300 Country Club Blvd. Great Falls, Montana 59405

Hotels

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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