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!

Have an idea for a Roundtable at MOSES 2019? Submit a proposal!  We begin looking at possible topics early in the planning process, so don’t wait.

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2018 MOSES Conference Roundtables

Friday, Feb. 23                                                            

7:45-8:30 a.m.
CIAS Fruit and Nut Compass Perennial Farm Planning Tool
Leah Potter-Weight, Jim Munsch, and John Hendrickson-CIAS UW Madison
Join researchers from UW Madison’s CIAS project to discuss their new farm management tool for financial planning and principles of success for diversified perennial polyculture farms.

9:00-9:45 a.m.
From the Farm to the Peace Corps, or Peace Corps to the Farm
Krista M. Mastel and James Levine, Peace Corps Recruiiters
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.
USDA and Organic Compliance – A Stakeholder Discussion
Betsy Rakola- USDA AMS
We are all concerned about organic compliance and enforcement. Join NOP’s Compliance and Enforcement Director to learn about the challenges and how the USDA is working to strengthen enforcement.

11:00-11:45 a.m.
How to Establish Pollinator Plantings with Native Seed
Bill Carter and Kaitlyn O’Connor, Prairie Moon Nursery
Learn how to successfully establish native habitat for pollinators on your farm.  We will discuss seed mix design, site prep, seeding and maintenance.

12:30-1:15 p.m.
Ideas and Potential for Dwarfing Pears in the Midwest
David Sliwa, Organic Fruit Growers Association
Come to discuss your experience with dwarfing or precocious pears, including rootstock options and cultivars, and learn what other growers have tried.  Help identify options for Midwest production.

1:30-2:15 p.m.
Incorporating Perennial Grain into Your Farm System
Marisa Lanker, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The perennial grain Kernza is a unique crop being utilized in many ways from grain production to grazing to soil restoration.  Join us to discuss how you might incorporate Kernza on your farm.

2:30-3:15 p.m.
Open-pollinated Varieties and Climate Resilience
Steffen Mirsky and Korbin Paul, Seed Savers Exchange
Rowen White, Sierra Seeds     Dan Cornelius, Intertribal Ag
Learn how growing open-pollinated varieties with a long tradition in a region can provide solutions to climate related problems.  The discussion will include the use of regionally adapted seeds in organic systems.

3:30-4:15 p.m.
Benefits of Donating Excess Produce
Heidi Coe, Produce Sourcing Manager
Second Harvest Heartland
The federal food donation tax deduction now includes provisions benefiting growers who donate surplus produce. Learn how to share your excess with those in need and recoup a tax deduction.

5:15-6:00 p.m.
Grow Your Farm with Farm to School
Jenna Segal and Andrea Northup, USDA Farm to School Regional Leads
Learn how Farm to School efforts can support your farm while strengthening community food systems and improving school meals.  We will discuss barriers, food safety, and share success stories.


Saturday, Feb. 24

7:45-8:30 a.m.
How Would a Carbon Tax Affect Organic Farmers?
Craig Ficenec, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is creating political will for carbon fee and dividend legislation.  Come hear updates on emerging policy proposals and discuss how such policies might help or hinder organic farmers.

9:00-9:45 a.m.
Risk Management for Organic and Transitional Growers
Michael Stein and Harriet Behar, Organic Farming Research Foundation
OFRF is managing projects to inform organic producers about crop insurance, Whole Farm Revenue protection and Non-Insured Agricultural Production.  Join them to learn how to better protect your farm livelihood.

10:00-10:45 a.m.
Making Small Farmer Connections: Local and Global
Jessica Jones-Hughes, Equal Exchange Produce
How do we connect small farmers locally and globally? We will try to understand the potential to tap into the power of small producers working together for greater economic and environmental justice worldwide.

11:00-11:45 a.m.
Organic Swine Research Planning Discussion
Wayne Martin and Yuzhi Li, University of Minnesota
Come share your thoughts on key issues in organic swine production.  Can these issues be solved through research conducted at land-grant universities, and what would that research look like?

12:00-12:45 p.m.
Building Collaborative Business Clusters
Ken Meter and Megan Phillips Goldenberg, Crossroads Resource Center
Peter Henry, Farm Table Foundation
Although prices for organic food remain high, there is very little supportive infrastructure or public policy for growers.  How can growers, processors and consumers collaborate to build the local food systems we want?

1:00-1:45 p.m.
Incorporating Seed Saving into Your Garden or Farm
Steffen Mirsky and Korbin Paul, Seed Savers Exchange
Rowen White, Sierra Seeds     Dan Cornelius, Intertribal Ag
Learn how you can diversify your garden or farm by growing crops for seed, and how this can benefit you and the garden ecosystem at large.

2:00-2:45 p.m.
Family Farmers in the Food Sovereignty and Agroecology Movement
John  Peck, Family Farm Defenders
We will discuss these concepts that originated in the global south, how they apply in practice here in the U.S., and how family farmers can be involved in the worldwide effort to radically transform our farm/food system.

3:00-3:45 p.m.
Elderberries 101
Terry Durham, River Hills Harvest
Come learn about adding elderberries to your farm for health and profit. Discussion will include selecting, planting, and maintaining this perennial crop.







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