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Organic Association sets 15th annual conference


November 8, 2017

Press release

KALISPELL — The Montana Organic Association is gathering its members and inviting the public to join them in celebrating the organic movement that came about 30 years ago during its 15th Annual Conference Dec. 7-9 at the Mansfield Center in Great Falls.

Montana now ranks first among states in the production of certified organic wheat and ranks second in organic production of all grains, peas, lentils and flax.

Organic Resiliency in a Changing World is the theme of the 15th annual conference of the association. It 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 Stephen Jones, a wheat breeder and the Director of the The Bread Lab. Stephen has a doctorate in genetics from the University of California at Davis and teaches graduate courses in advanced classical genetics and in the history and ethics of genetics. More than 40 speakers over the three-day conference will also include Jennifer Swanson, University of Providence, formerly called University of Great Falls; Pat Carr from the Agricultural Department of Montana State University; Bruce Maxwell, professor of Agroecology and co-director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems; and Bob Quinn of Kamut International.

Area farm and facility tours are a staple of MOA conferences and this year participants will tour Prairie Heritage Farm, Wilcox Farms and Timeless Seeds. Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., two films will be screened, “Unbroken Ground” by Patagonia Provisions and “Bringing it Home,” a film about industrial hemp. Live and silent auctions will be held, entertainment will be provided by Jim Sargent, and networking opportunities with other organics professionals will be available.

Chandee Bomgardner will provide meals using locally sourced, organic ingredients, so the food is guaranteed to be amazing.

For more information on the conference, visit the page on the MOA website at http://www.montanaorganicassociation.org/conference2017.htm or call Susan Waters at 406-274-4869.


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