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Audio recordings of MOSES 2014 Workshops

Now available through the MOSES online store or by downloading the mail-in order form.

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Field Crops

 

Controlling Weeds during Transition Years
Tim Reinbott, University of Missouri
Friday I – 8:30 a.m.
Weed pressure is the number one issue facing organic grain producers. Learn to suppress weeds with seven different rotation and production strategies, including
no-tillage, winter and summer cover crops, crops such as sorghum x sudan, and variable yearly cash crop plantings.

 

Converting CRP Land to Organic Production
Bob Yanda, Midwestern BioAg of Iowa
Friday II – 2 p.m.
Land coming out of CRP can provide the perfect opportunity to expand organic acreage, but converting fallow land to organic production presents unique challenges. We’ll discuss possible starts, soil corrections, cover crops, residue management, tillage options, mineral balancing, and possible rotations to set up CRP land for sustainable production.

 

Multipurpose Perennial Grains for Your Farm
Sieg Snapp and Vicki Morrone, Michigan State University
Friday II – 2 p.m.
Get the first look at how perennial wheat and intermediate wheatgrass (Kernza) perform in the field. These new perennial crops improve soil and water quality while providing grains and forages. Bring your farm plan to discuss how you can include perennial vegetation (cover crops, forages and perennial grains).

 

Soil Compaction & Cover Crops in Organic Farms
Maria Villamil and Rachel Welch, University of Illinois
Friday II – 2 p.m.
Organic systems can succumb to a vicious cycle when mechanical weeding causes soil compaction, which favors weeds and requires additional tillage, creating further compaction. See results of on-farm research using deep-rooted cover crops alone and in mixtures to alleviate soil compaction and suppress weeds.

 

Weed Management for Organic Field Crops
Dave Campbell, Lily Lake Organic Farm
Friday III – 4 p.m.
Effective weed control is the number one challenge facing organic field crop farmers, and the biggest reason non-organic farmers won’t switch to organic production. Learn about mechanical weed control equipment, cover crops, crop rotations, and strategies for effective and consistent weed management.

 

Organic Row Crops: Challenges & Rewards
Carmen Fernholz, A-Frame Farm
Saturday I – 8:30 a.m.

Row crops present special challenges when it comes to weed management and adequate soil nutrient levels. Explore on-farm successes and failures with equipment, crop rotations, pest management, and marketing crops. Plus, learn about the most recent university research on soils and cover crops.

Value-Added Small Grains: Einkorn, Emmer, & Spelt
Steve Zwinger, N. Dakota State University, Prairie Seeds
Saturday I – 8:30 a.m.
Recent interest in einkorn, emmer, and spelt—“ancient grains”—has created demand that exceeds supply. Learn how university agronomists, NGOs, and farmers are re-developing these crops, and see results of research and trials in farmers’ fields. We’ll also cover current recommendations for growing, marketing, and sourcing seed.

 

Precision Cover Cropping
Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University
Saturday II – 2 p.m.
Learn how precision planting equipment is being used for cover crops in organic grain production systems at the WIU/Allison organic research farm in Illinois. We’ll share results describing cover crop mixtures in specific row arrangements, and organic strip-till and no-till options using GPS guidance, plus field experiments with
corn and soybeans.

 

Making Soybeans a Successful Part of Your Rotation
Charlie Johnson, Johnson Farms
Saturday II – 2 p.m.
The increasing demand for soybeans in both organic food and feed markets makes this crop an important component in any organic grower’s profitable crop rotation. Learn about crop rotation, cover cropping, seed varieties, tillage, cultivation, combining, post-harvest cleaning, storage, and marketing this high-value crop.

 

Building Blocks for Quality Hay Production
Karl Dallefeld, Prairie Creek Seed
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
Learn about the building blocks for better hay production and higher yields. Success starts before the seed is planted and continues throughout the life of the stand. We’ll start with species and variety selection, and discuss equipment, timing the harvest, storage, and quality measurements.

 

Dried Beans in Organic Production Systems
Craig Sheaffer, University of Minnesota
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
Dried field beans provide an opportunity for diversifying organic crop rotations while growing nutritious food. See results from research of rotations using a variety of beans and tillage strategies, plus learn how researchers are improving beans’ biological dinitrogen fixation properties, weed competitiveness, and seed coat characteristics.

 

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Healthy Soils & Farming Systems

 

Farm-Scale Permaculture: Know Your Biome
Mark Shepard, New Forest Farm, LLC
Friday I – 8:30 a.m.
Keyline design, agroforestry practices, mob-stocked rotational grazing and perennial polycultures are practices integrated in a permaculture farm. Knowing your biome and the plant communities that thrive there is the essential first step. We’ll look at dominant plant communities for all regions of North America.

 

Assistance for On-Farm Conservation Practices
Ben Bowell, Oregon Tilth and USDA NRCS
Friday I – 8:30 a.m.
Organic farmers can get technical and financial help for conservation activities through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Funds can be used
to fulfill certification requirements such as establishing buffer zones, improving soil organic matter, and more. Learn about eligibility, the application process, and payments.

 

Organic No-Till Farming: State of the Art
Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute
Friday I – 8:30 a.m.
Learn more about organic no-till and how you can incorporate it into your operation. See how this system is working for the Rodale Institute and farmers across the country to suppress weeds. We’ll discuss the goals and objectives of the system, when and where it works, and showcase the equipment that makes it all possible.

 

Crops, Weeds & Pests in a Changing Climate
Matt Grieshop, Michigan State University
Friday II – 2 p.m.
As global temperatures continue to rise, farmers face new production challenges. We’ll discuss the influx of invasive pest species, management of “traditional” weeds and pests, plus unexpected impacts using Great Lakes tree fruit as an example system. We’ll also cover the biology and ecology that’s causing systems to shift, and response strategies.

 

Keyline Design & Water Management
Wayne Weiseman, Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture
Friday II – 2 p.m.
P.A. Yeomans developed the keyline design water management system in the 1950s to reinvigorate millions of acres in Australia, the driest continent on the planet. Learn about this system and other water and soil management applications for small and large farms.

 

Get the Most out of Animal Manure
Edwin Blosser, Midwest Bio-Systems
Friday III – 4 p.m.
Providing adequate, effective, and economical soil fertility is a challenge. Learn how to use available resources, including animal manure, in a comprehensive humus
compost-based soil fertility program. See how to combine humus compost with mineral elements, liquid humus compost extract, and microbial-based soil fertility inputs to achieve optimum soil fertility.

 

Cover Crop Considerations for Organic Field Crops
Dean Baas, Michigan State University Extension
Friday III – 4 p.m.
Cover crops provide a variety of ecosystem services including erosion protection, soil building, nitrogen sourcing and scavenging, as well as management of weeds, disease and pests. We’ll explore the benefits and challenges various cover crops provide in organic field crop rotations, plus resources to help you select cover crops.

 

Farm Planning for Pollinators, Beneficials, & Biodiversity
Eric Lee-Mader, Xerces Society
Friday III – 4 p.m.
Discover a wholistic approach to designing farm habitat that supports wild pollinators, beneficial insects, and more. We’ll focus on integrating biodiversity throughout the seasons across the entire farm landscape: from fencelines and property edges to incorporating habitat into the crop itself through cover crop mixes and companion planting.

 

Farming in the City
Julie Dawson and Anne Pfeiffer, University of Wis.-Madison, Alex Liebman, Stone’s Throw Urban Farm, and Claire Strader, CSA Coalition
Friday III – 4 p.m.
Whether the goal of your farm is to make a living selling produce, to engage neighborhood youth, or to provide nutritious food to your community, you want the healthiest, most productive plants possible. Learn about the unique production aspects of urban agriculture, from how to grow healthy plants to how to market and distribute your products.

 

Cover Cropping & Green Manures for the Vegetable Farm
Martin Diffley, Organic Farming Works LLC and Janaki Fisher-Merritt, Food Farm
Saturday I – 8:30 a.m.
Discover how cover crops can unlock your soil’s potential. We’ll cover rotation and fertility designs based on soil-building crops that can drought-proof your farm and reduce weed pressure and dependence on tillage. Learn about catch crops, cover crops, living mulches, and green manures, plus crop selection, timing, planting, and incorporation.

 

Erosion Control on the Organic Farm
Brian Pillsbury, USDA NRCS
Saturday II – 2 p.m.

Tillage is an important aspect of seed bed preparation and weed control on the organic farm, but it can cause soil erosion. Learn how to reduce soil erosion while maintaining good weed control, and explore Natural Resources Conservation Service cost-share for these practices.

Grow Your Own Soil Microorganisms
Mike Lehman, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
Explore the complexities of soil microbial communities. Learn about these vital microorganisms, their roles, and their relevance to agricultural producers. Find out how to encourage arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF)—their symbiotic relationship with plants increase a crop’s ability to take in nutrients and provide many other benefits.
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Market Farming and Specialty Crops

 

Grow & Sell Fresh Organic Mushrooms
Joe Krawczyk, Mary Ellen Kozak, Field & Forest Products, Inc.
Friday I – 8:30 a.m.
With little capital investment, a wide assortment of colorful, flavorful and marketable mushrooms can be grown in your market garden (Wine Cap), hoophouse (Almond Agaricus), woodlot (Shiitake and Oyster) or growing room (Oysters). We’ll present techniques for producing these delectable morsels.

 

Controlling Vegetable Insect Pests & Diseases
Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin, and Janet Gamble, Turtle Creek Gardens
Friday I – 8:30 a.m.
While prevention is key in organic production, sometimes you’ll need to use organically approved pesticides to save a crop. This workshop will help you plan as best you can to prevent or lessen problems, and know how to choose and apply pesticides for a variety of insect pests.

 

Beyond the Box: Integrating CSA & Other Markets
Tony Schultz and Kat Becker, Stoney Acres Farm
Friday II – 2 p.m.
Explore the challenges and benefits of integrating CSA with other markets to create economic security, attract new customers, reduce labor, and add value. We’ll share our own experiences with CSA, farmers markets, direct meat/egg and maple syrup sales, and a weekly pizza-on-the-farm night.

 

Ninja tractor blackYour First Tractor: Primer for New Vegetable Farmers
Martin Diffley, Organic Farming Works LLC
Friday II – 2 p.m.
Looking for a new or used tractor for your vegetable farming operation? We’ll discuss the history of tractors and designs specific to vegetable production. We’ll also explain how to analyze the condition of used tractors, current market prices, and the options for renting, leasing or buying a tractor.

 

Organic Hops Production
James Altwies, Gorst Valley Hops
Friday III – 4 p.m.
The increase of organic beers in the marketplace has expanded the need for organic hops. Learn the unique needs and challenges of growing this rewarding crop, including variety selection, fertility needs, insect and disease control, options for trellising as well as postharvest handling.

 

Cut Flower Production: From Seeds to Designs
Tania Cubberly, Tempel Farms Organics
Friday III – 4 p.m.
Proper seed selection and scheduled planting throughout the season impact your cut flower sales. Learn flower production basics plus post-harvest handling, including how to make and sell farm market bouquets and special event arrangements. We’ll talk flower production that works!

 

Organic Transplant Media & Fertility Management
John Biernbaum, Michigan State University
Friday III – 4 p.m.
All farmers should understand simplified root media and fertility management options for high quality certified organic transplant production. We’ll cover options for growing containers, root media components and amendments, commercially available media, nutrient sources, and irrigation methods.

 

Organic Tree Fruit Pest & Disease Management
Matt Grieshop, Michigan State University and Harry Hoch, Hoch Orchards and Gardens
Saturday I – 8:30 a.m.
Dozens of insect pests and potential diseases can threaten organic tree fruit growing in the Upper Midwest. Fortunately, most insects can be managed through natural biological control. We’ll discuss organic management strategies for key diseases and those insect pests that escape biological control.

 

Vegetables Every Week of the Year
John Hendrickson, Stone Circle Farm, Scott Sanford, University of Wis., and John Fisher-Merritt, Food Farm
Saturday I – 8:30 a.m.
With some planning and well-designed storage, you can sell a variety of fall-harvested crops through the winter and retain your wholesale and CSA customers throughout the year. Learn how to design and construct storage facilities with appropriate temperature and humidity levels, plus how to grow and handle varieties for prolonged storage.

 

Get Started in Native Seed Production
Eric Lee-Mader, Xerces Society
Saturday I – 8:30 a.m.
Native grass and wildflower seed are high-value alternative crops with a range of markets: existing native seed companies, conservation agencies, native plant gardeners, and more. Learn the basics, including sourcing foundation seed, establishing production fields, managing crop health, and harvesting, cleaning, and marketing your crop.

 

12 Simple Steps to Food Safety
Chris Blanchard, Flying Rutabaga Works
Saturday II – 2 p.m.
The demand for local and organic food has exploded in the last five years, and so has the expectation on the part of consumers and institutional buyers for good food that’s safe to eat. Learn 12 simple steps you can take to minimize microbial contamination for safe food production.

 

Equipment & Systems for High Tunnels
Mike Bollinger and Collin Thompson, Four Season Tools
Saturday II – 2 p.m.
Learn to maximize efficiency in your high tunnel, whether you are starting transplants or growing year-round. Topics will include irrigation, ventilation, tools, high tunnel structure considerations, benches and shelving, heating systems, rainwater capture, and more. Perfect for experienced growers and those new to high tunnel production.

 

Ninja tractor blackOrchard Beginnings for Aspiring Tree Fruit Growers
Anton Ptak, Mary Dirty Face Farm
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
New to fruit? Learn how to design an orchard layout from bare-bones to all-out, by-the book plans. We’ll cover rootstock and variety selection, planting density, early year care and maintenance, as well as common mistakes and lessons from the field during the early years leading up to production.

 

Labor on the Diversified Market Farm
John Hendrickson and Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Chris McGuire, Two Onion Farm, and Mike Noltnerwyss, Crossroads Community Farm
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
A lot of labor goes into growing 30 to 50 crops for farmers markets and CSA customers. Learn how specific crops, markets, farm scale, and mechanization all impact labor demands, labor allocation, profitability, and the farmers’ quality of life. We’ll look at data and real-life experience in this panel-led workshop.
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Tinctures for Livestock
Paul Dettloff, DVM, Dr. Paul’s Lab, LLC
Friday I – 8:30 a.m.
Explore what goes into making a tincture: its strength, usage and dosage. Discover the synergistic effects of tincturing, and learn uses for over 70 different tinctures and their combinations for effective treatment of common livestock ailments.

 

Extend the Grazing Season with a Forage Chain 
Laura Paine, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Paine Family Farm
Friday I – 8:30 a.m.
This workshop introduces the forage chain, a risk management strategy to diversify forages seasonally to gain yield, quality, and, most importantly, grazing days to reduce your production costs. Learn about perennial and annual pasture species and sequencing them during the year, and stockpiling perennial forages.

 

Analysis of Sprouted Barley Fodder in Dairy Rations
Silvia Abel-Caines, DVM, Organic Valley, and John Stoltzfus, Be-a-Blessing Organic Dairy
Friday II – 2 p.m.
Take an in-depth look at the nutritional value and contribution of sprouted barley fodder in ruminant and non-ruminant rations, and its potential use as a supplement in organic grazing dairy farms. We’ll analyze different commercial systems and hear from an organic dairy farmer in his third year feeding sprouted barley fodder.

 

Grow & Grind Your Own Poultry Feed
Jeff Mattocks, Fertrell
Friday II – 2 p.m.
Reduce your feed costs and improve animal health by growing some or all of your poultry feed. We’ll explore grains, forages, sprouts and other feed inputs you can grow. Learn the nutritional content and pros and cons of the various feed ingredients, plus how to properly store, prepare, grind and mix your grains and forages.

 

Flaxseed for Organic Dairy Cows
Andre Brito, University of New Hampshire
Friday III – 4 p.m.
Whole grain flaxseed in dairy rations can modify the profile of milk toward more omega-3 fatty acids and CLAs. Flaxseed meal, leftover after oil extraction, is rich in protein. Learn how feeding flaxseed impacts milk production and composition, feed efficiency, nutrient digestibility, methane emissions, and profitability.

 

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Sue Wika and Tom Prieve, Paradox Farm
Friday III – 4 p.m.
Learn how to integrate meat and milk goats and sheep into a farming operation. Topics will include: animal selection, nutrition, health, grazing strategy, fencing, shelters, and animal handling. Discover creative options, such as milking through, postponed first breeding, and utilization of animals for draft and brush reduction.

 

Robotic Milking: Lessons Learned
Peter Ruegemer, Ruegemer Organic Dairy
Saturday I – 8:30 a.m.
Robotic milkers add a new dimension of technical problem solving to organic dairy farming. This workshop will explain the Ruegemer family’s decision to start milking with robots, the purchase and installation process, and modifications they made to the system, plus the economic and labor benefits of the system.

 

Organic Dairy Forages across the Seasons
Heather Darby, University of Vermont
Saturday I – 8:30 a.m.
Summer annual forages—millet, sorghums, sorghumsudans, and teff—can complement pastures and be harvested for storage. Cool season annuals, such as cereal grains and brassicas, can extend the grazing season and allow for early season forage. Learn strategies for planting, harvesting, and feeding these forages to organic dairy cattle.

 

Grass-Fed Beef: Budget for Success
Allen Williams, LMC, LLC and Rod Ofte, Willow Creek Ranch
Saturday II – 2 p.m.
Strong consumer demand makes raising grass-fed beef a low-cost, environmentally friendly way to create a sustainable, profitable operation. Learn the critical aspects
of successful grass-fed beef operations, including cattle genetics, fencing and watering, financial analysis and budgeting, and marketing the end product.

 

Healthy Organic Dairy Calves & Heifers
Guy Jodarski, DVM, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative
Saturday II – 2 p.m.
Learn the basics of good organic calf and heifer raising. This workshop will cover nutrition, management, housing and a wide variety of calf rearing systems. We’ll discuss starting calves on pasture, grazing management and parasite control strategies, and stress ways to promote health through good organic practices.

 

Deliciousness: The Science of Meat Flavor
Adam Danforth, “Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat and Pork” and “Butchering Beef
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
What makes one steak taste so much better than another? Few of us understand the variables that result in deliciousness. Learn about the science of meat flavor, the relationship of tenderness and richness, how chewy connective tissue adds to palatability, the role of fat, and how to pick the best meat and treat it properly.

 

Raising Pastured Pigs in Snow Country
Will Winter, DVM, Grassfarmer Supply
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
High grain prices combined with growing consumer interest in healthier meat options make this the perfect time to get into artisanally-raised pastured pork. Pigs have been raised on pasture for centuries, and offer an excellent opportunity for diversifying your farm. Learn how to raise hogs on pasture humanely and honestly.
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Business, Marketing & Certification

 

Crop Insurance: New Options and Challenges
Jeff Schahczenski, National Center for Appropriate Technology and Paul Mitchell, University of Wis.-Madison
Friday I – 8:30 a.m.
Recent weather and market extremes make crop insurance attractive to organic producers. We’ll explore several recent changes and new options. Whether you have a few or many acres, or grow produce, commodity crops or livestock, you can find a crop insurance option that works best for your farm.

 

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Karla Pankow and Elizabeth Millard, Bossy Acres
Friday I – 8:30 a.m.
For many farmers, “marketing” instills a sense of dread and means time away from the fields to create marketing materials that may or may not work. Say “good-bye” to dread and learn from these savvy marketers how to grow a loyal customer base through social media, news stories, partnerships, and other proven tactics.

 

Employee Management on Market Farms
Chris and Juli McGuire, Two Onion Farm
Friday II – 2 p.m.
Most market farmers need outside labor to grow great produce, earn a profit, and enjoy farming. Experienced farmers who’ve managed 40 employees over eight years will explain how to manage hired help. Topics include recruiting, interviewing, hiring, supervising, and resolving issues for a happy, productive farm.

 

Women Farming Solo: Lessons from the Field
Lisa Kivirist, MOSES Rural Women’s Project; Kathy Zeman, Simple Harvest Farm Organics; Kristen Kordet, Blue Moon Community Farm; and Debra Sloane, Sloane Farm
Friday III – 4 p.m.

Explore the unique challenges and opportunities that women farmers face when running farm operations on their own. See inspiring examples and get advice from successful women farmers, both as sole operators and those in partnerships where their partner is not involved with the day-to-day farm operation.

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Grant Schultz, VersaLand Farm and Karen Stettler, Land Stewardship Project
Saturday I – 8:30 a.m.
Make your farm dreams materialize! Learn how to rent, buy or borrow land via conventional and unconventional means. Discover the inner workings of “free money” resources, low-interest FSA loans and USDA grants, plus financial “hacks,” such as crowdfunding, Slow Money, and other innovative financing strategies.

 

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Aaron Brin, Independent Organic Inspector and Angela Davidson, MOSA
Saturday II – 2 p.m.
This workshop will explain the certification process as well as what you need to do in order to apply and maintain your organic certification. The organic rules will be explained in plain English along with easy to comprehend farm production activities and inputs allowed or prohibited under the USDA organic law.

 

Understand Farm Cash Flow
Paul Dietmann, Badgerland Financial
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
How much cash flows in and out of your farm operation? How much are you able to keep after the bills are paid? Cash flow is one of the most critical, and least understood, aspects of farm financial management. We’ll dive deep into cash flow, analyze its sources and uses, plus show you how to project cash flow for the year.
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Education, Environment and Emerging Issues

 

The Organic Benefit: Research on Nutrition
Jessica Shade, The Organic Center
Friday I – 8:30 a.m.
Examine current research and peer-reviewed publications on the nutritional benefits of organic products, including increased antioxidant levels. We’ll also look at nutritional profiles and research on specific commodities such as specialty crops, dairy, and meat production.

 

GMO in the Know: Rhetoric, Realities, Risks & Reason
Melinda Hemmelgarn, The Food Sleuth, and Theresa Podoll, Prairie Road Organic Seed
Friday II – 2 p.m.
You’ve heard the rhetoric: “we need genetically engineered crops to feed the world in the face of climate change and growing population.” But who really benefits from GM crops? Join us for a look at the rhetoric and the real risks to public health, our environment, and the future of organic farmers.

 

Federal Farm Policy: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Juli Obudzinski, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and
Steve Etka, National Organic Coalition
Saturday I – 8:30 a.m.
Programs that support organic agriculture, either through dollars or administrative activities are changing, and new regulations, such as the Food Safety rules are in development. Whether you like it or not, governmental policies do affect your ability to farm and market your products. Hear the latest out of Washington.

 

Start a Small-Scale Food Distribution Company
Dan Cornelius, Intertribal Agriculture Council
Saturday I – 8:30 a.m.
See how the Intertribal Agriculture Council is successfully managing Tribal food production to improve access to fresh food, and learn how to start a smallscale food distribution company. Topics include inventory and transportation management, regulation and licensing, and connecting production and distribution networks.

 

Towards On-Farm Energy Self-Sufficiency
Francis Thicke, Radiance Organic Dairy
Saturday II – 2 p.m.

A variety of on-farm renewable energy systems can be used in combination to fill the energy needs of an organic farm. See how organic farmers are using solar photovoltaics, wind, solar hot water systems, geothermal, biodiesel and other renewable and energy-efficiency systems to make their farms more self-sufficient, resilient and profitable.

Federal Grant Programs that Support Sustainable Agriculture (Part 1)
Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Saturday II – 2 p.m.
Federal funding to support sustainable farming, conservation, and community development exists, despite belt-tightening budgets. Learn how to develop sound projects and identify potential federal programs. Take home the new Building Sustainable Places guide to federal programs that support sustainable agriculture.

 

Organic Consumers: Today & Tomorrow
Suzanne Kevlyn, Horizon Organic
Saturday II – 2 p.m.
A consumer-centric approach is essential to the success of any business. This workshop will help you understand the behaviors, attitudes, and mindset of today’s organic consumer, and prepare you for the demographic shifts that may impact how we connect with the organic consumer of the future.

 

Organic Pioneers & the Organic Movement
Roger Blobaum, Blobaum & Associates
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
Midwest organic farmers in the 1970s shaped our current organic landscape. Get to know these pioneers, stories of their practices and values, and learn how they shared information, overcame institutional barriers, and mobilized public support for state organic laws, organic markets and third-party certification.

 

Federal Grant Programs that Support Sustainable Agriculture (Part 2)
Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
Learn grant-writing strategies to increase your chances of getting funded through a federal program that supports sustainable farming, conservation, community development, and other projects. Take home a copy of the new Building Sustainable Places guide to federal programs supporting sustainable agriculture.

 

How Can Organic and GMOs Co-exist?
Liana Hoodes, National Organic Coalition; Mark Lipson, Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor for the Secretary of Agriculture; Patty Lovera, Food & Water Watch; and Theresa Podoll, Prairie Road Organic Farm
Saturday III – 4 p.m.

As more GMO crops are considered for release into our landscape, it becomes more challenging for organic farmers to protect the integrity of their crops. Our panelists will discuss current GMO issues, opportunities to provide comment to the USDA on possible approval of 2,4-D resistant corn and soybeans, and an overall coexistence system between GMO and nonGMO production.