Organic Transition for Commercial-Scale Farms

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017  |  8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

$90 Early Bird (by Sept. 30)  |  $100 pre-registration  |  $150 onsite




Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch
315 Chesnut Street
St. Louis, Mo. 63102


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Farms of all sizes are exploring ways of diversifying production models to include more organic production.  In this workshop, farmers who are considering or just starting a transition to organic will have an opportunity to learn from key experts in the field of organics, and get to know other farmers who are transitioning to organic as well.  We’ll discuss organic as part of a comprehensive system of production, weed control, marketing, livestock, and more.


Organic and Non-GMO Forum:

This workshop takes place right after the Organic and Non-GMO Forum: Oilseeds and Grains at the Crossroads, Nov. 6-7, also at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis. Tickets to this event are $799, but use the code MOSES to register for just $650.



Click here to book lodging at a special group rate through our partners at the Organic and Non-GMO Forum.


Planned topics:

  • Organic certification process
  • Organic grain marketing
  • Organic systems
  • Cover crops
  • Weed control
  • Organics as a holistic system
  • Organic livestock
  • Future of organics



8:30 – 9 a.m.
Welcome to organics
John Mesko, MOSES Executive Director

9 – 9:45 a.m.
Organic certification process
Lauren Langworthy, MOSES Organic Specialist

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Organic grain marketing
Kellee James, Mercaris

10:30 – 10:40 a.m.

10:40 – Noon
Organic systems
Dave Bishop, PrairiErth Farm, MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year

Noon – 1 p.m.
Networking lunch (meal provided)
Tables assigned by topic of interest

1 – 2 p.m.
Cover crops, weed control, organics as a holistic system
Speaker TBA

2 – 2:30 p.m.
Organic livestock 
Kent Solberg, Sustainable Farming Association

2:30 – 2:40 p.m.

2:40 – 3:30 p.m.
Farmer panel Q&A
Dave Bishop, other speakers TBA

3:30 – 4 p.m.
Future of organics
John Mesko



John Mesko, MOSES Executive Director

John has seen all sides of agriculture, from biotech research and fertilizer sales to sustainable, organic production. This diverse background gives him a unique perspective to connect with all types of farmers. John headed the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) before joining MOSES. He and his wife, Lisa, are recent transplants to the Twin Cities. They also own a farm in Central Minnesota.

Lauren Langworthy, MOSES Organic Specialist and Program Director

Lauren is very familiar with the certification process, having gone through it many times for her own farm, Blue Ox Farm in Wheeler, Wis. As a trained MOSES Organic Specialist, she has added to her certification wheelhouse in order to answer farmers’ questions through the Organic Answer Line. She is one of the lead authors of the MOSES Guidebook for Organic Certification

Dave Bishop, PrairiErth Farm

Dave and his family run PrairiErth Farm, a 300-acre organic farm in Central Illinois. Production is highly diverse, with corn, soybeans, oats, wheat, forages, vegetables, grass-fed beef and pork, as well as eggs and honey. They also have orchards with peaches, apples, and pears. Dave is passionate about long-term soil building, and a strong advocate for organic production.

Kellee James, Mercaris

Kellee is founder of Mercaris, a market data service and trading platform for organic crops. A former White House Fellow, she was an economist at the first trading platform for carbon credits generated from farm management techniques like methane capture and soil carbon storage.

Kent Solberg, Sustainable Farming Association

Kent is the Livestock and Grazing Specialist for the Sustainable Farming Association in Minnesota. He raises pastured cattle, hogs, and poultry on his farm near Verndale. Kent is a frequent presenter on livestock and soil health.







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