The Roundtables at the MOSES Conference give you the chance to talk to other farmers and ag professionals about specific farming topics. Find these tables at the back of the Concourse near the entrance to the Radisson skyway. Join in the conversations!



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2017 MOSES Conference Roundtables

Friday, Feb. 24                                                             

7:45-8:30 a.m.
Rural Women’s Project: Funding and Resources for Women Farmers
Lisa Kivirist, MOSES Rural Women’s Project
Dela Ends, Scotch Hill Farm
Bring questions and harvest resources for creatively funding your farm vision.

9:00-9:45 a.m.
From the Farm to the Peace Corps, or Peace Corps to the Farm
Jason Lemberg, Peace Corps
Returned Peace Corps volunteers come together to share with the MOSES community how their service influenced their work on the farm and how others could use their work and experience on the farm to become Peace Corps Volunteers in the future.

10:00-10:45 a.m.
National Charter for U.S. CSAs?
Dela Ends, Scotch Hill Farm
Can CSAs and their customers benefit from a National Charter?  Countries around the world are harnessing the collective power of CSA  farms and members, and we can too!  Discussion will center on developing the framework for a U.S. Charter.

11:00-11:45 a.m.
Seaweed Extract in Sustainable Crop Production
Greg Cosman, Ocean Organics
Using Seaweed Extract to enhance plant stress tolerance in a more stressful growing environment.

12:30-1:15 p.m.
Rural Women’s Project: Women Farming Mid-Life or Returning to Family Farms
Kirsten and Jessica Jurcek, Brattset Family Farm

Talk transition and integrating family with this mother-daughter team.

1:30-2:15 p.m.
Determining Plant Breeding Priorities for Organic Vegetable Growers
Kitt Healy, UW Madison
Julie Dawson, UW Madison
Researchers are hoping to better understand the barriers organic farmers face in finding the varieties they prefer, and the traits farmers are looking for in vegetable crops bred for organic systems.  Come share with them your priorities!

2:30-3:15 p.m.
No Farmers No Food
Eric Sannerud, Mighty Axe Hops and The Sandbox Center
America’s farmers are aging and must be replaced if we are to create the beautiful food system we deserve and the world needs. Yet the voice of the next generation can be hard to hear.  Expect a short review of demographic trends in agriculture followed by the personal stories of 3 young farmers including barriers, hopes, and joys and a discussion of the merits of a Young Farmer Coalition forming in MN/WI.

3:30-4:15 p.m.
Farm Business Law Facts and Discussion
Rachel Armstrong, Farm Commons
Join Attorney Rachel Armstrong for a discussion of the legal aspects of running your farm business.

5:15-6:00 p.m.
FoodHealthAgriculture: Connecting the Dots
Melinda Hemmelgarn, Food Sleuth/Registered Dietitian
GMOs and pesticides, antibiotics and the human microbiome, food allergies and obesity, this roundtable will discuss how and why organic food and farming are critical to eating “well.”


Saturday, Feb. 25

7:45-8:30 a.m.
Rural Women’s Project: Women Farming Solo
Kathy Zeman, Simple Harvest Farm Organics
Explore the opportunities and challenges of running a farm as a solo female farmer.

9:00-9:45 a.m.
Participatory Plant Breeding for Organic Grains
Bill Davison, University of Illinois
Join researchers and farmers for a discussion of the practical side of seed trialing.

10:00-10:45 a.m.
Risks of Invasive Species Introduction via Composting
Cindy Hale, Clover Valley Farms
A discussion describing the ecological impacts of exotic species, including earthworms, found in compost.  Common modes of transport/introduction and best management practices to avoid/minimize the risks of introduction via compost will be addressed.

11:00-11:45 a.m.
Background Stories: Tracking and Explaining Farm Sustainability
Arlene Birt, Background Stories
Together we’ll discuss the ways that farms & organizations can track sustainability in their operation and how that story can be communicated with greater impact – through graphics, data visualization, and visual storytelling. How can we use these visual narratives to more effectively reveal the social and environmental benefits of sustainable agriculture?

12:00-12:45 p.m.
Rural Women’s Project: Women Running Value-Added Diversified Farms
Erin Schneider, Hilltop Community Farm
Peg Sheaffer, Angelic Organics Learning Center

Q&A with women farmers seasoned at running diversified farm operations.

1:00-1:45 p.m.
Solar Energy and the Sustainable Farm
Rob Peck, North Wind Renewable Energy
Covering solar basics (how it works), the costs, the benefits (both financial and environmental), tax credits and incentives.

2:00-2:45 p.m.
State of Organic Seeds
Kristina Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance
Elia Romano, Albert Lea Seed

State of Organic Seed is a project of Organic Seed Alliance that monitors the status of organic seed in the US and provides a roadmap for increasing the diversity, quality, and integrity of organic seed available.  A discussion of where we are at today, and what the future might hold.

3:00-3:45 p.m.
Rural Women’s Project: Cottage Food Law
Lisa Kivirist, Co-Author Homemade for Sale
Bring your questions and dial into your state’s cottage food law for producing specific value-added items in home kitchens.


Policy Roundtables

Friday, Feb. 24

8:00-8:45 a.m.
Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)  |  Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Are you a certified or transitioning farmer? Join staff from the FSA to learn how you can receive help with your costs for certification. OCCSP provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP). Certified operations may receive up to 75 percent of their certification costs!

9:45-10:30 a.m.
Whole Farm Revenue Protection  |  Risk Management Agency (RMA)
Join employees of the RMA to learn about the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) program that provides a safety net for all commodities on the farm under one insurance policy and is available in all counties nationwide. Learn why this program is tailor made for diversified organic farms and how you can make it part of your strategy for success!

12:30-1:15 p.m.
Land Access in the Midwest: A Discussion | National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC)
The NYFC will present the findings of their recent Midwest Land Access Survey and farmer forums, which were completed in partnership with the Land Stewardship Project. The survey received responses from 382 current or aspiring farmers—more than a third of whom reported that they are currently facing a land access challenge. NYFC Land Access Program Associate, Eamon Heberlein, will outline survey findings and solicit feedback on proposed policy and program recommendations. Roundtable participants will also have a chance to share their personal land access challenges and learn how they can help advocate for change at the local, state, and federal level.

Saturday, Feb. 25

8:00-8:45 a.m.
Understanding and Navigating the EQIP Program  |  Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat. Join NRCS staff to learn about program specifics and how to apply.

10:15-11:00 a.m.
State of Organic Research  |  Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
Join the OFRF to explore the National Organic Research Agenda, the research needs of organic agriculture, and the federal policies that support organic agricultural research. Discussion will focus on research needs of farmers in the North Central area, the federal research programs that address organic agriculture, and how to support investment in organic research.

12:30-1:15 p.m.
Sound and Sensible Certification  |  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Come hear about how USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is making organic certification more accessible, attainable, and affordable in collaboration with many partners across the country and around the globe. In 2015-2016, the NOP launched a diverse set of educational outreach products to support candidate and existing organic farms and businesses in achieving a sound and sensible approach to organic production, record-keeping, and certification.  These products work together to help identify and remove barriers to certification and streamline the certification process.  The four sets of products include:  Launch 1: Organic Value Proposition; Launch 2: Organic Standards & Certification; Launch 3: Teaching Others; and Launch 4: Sound and Sensible Resources in Spanish. All products are available for public download, distribution and reuse at:





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