Monday, February 4, 2008

Organics on the Move – Conference Brings Producers, Consumers and Leaders to Discuss Organic Production

The Missouri Organic Association is bringing together producers, consumers and organic leaders on Feb. 15-16 for a two day conference in Jefferson City. The annual conference held at the Carver Research Farm, will include presentations, workshops, discussions, networking and trade show exhibits focused on agricultural marketing and organic production. The event offers an opportunity for producers and consumers to gather in one location to share ideas, experiences and resources to promote sustainable living.

Highlighting this year’s conference is Kathleen Delate, state organic specialist from Iowa State University and the first organic specialist at a major university. Delate will present on topics including organic grains and vegetables.

The keynote speaker is Pat Garrity, executive director of Floyd Boulevard Local Foods Market, a grocery store featuring locally produced foods and crafts, open air-farmers’ markets, a food processing center and a resource and education center for seminars.

Friday, Feb. 15 will include agricultural marketing and is funded by a risk management education grant to promote organics in the state. Saturday, Feb. 16 will include sessions on organic production on topics from grains and herbs, small fruits and vegetables to cattle, goats and dairy.

For a full program agenda and registration, visit the MOA website. Registration for this event includes meals. Scholarships are available for registration costs. For additional information, contact or call (573) 882-1905.

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