Over 3,000 to Attend MOSES Conference This WeekendFebruary 20th, 2018
Cornucopia’s Take: You can meet Cornucopia staff members from around the country in our booth (#312) at the MOSES conference this weekend. We hope to see you there!
MOSES organic conference to draw 3,000 to La Crosse
La Crosse Tribune
by Mike Tighe
More than 3,000 people are expected to be in La Crosse Feb. 22-24 for the 29th annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the country’s largest educational event about organic and sustainable farming.
The La Crosse Center event starts Feb. 22 with full-day, intensive courses known as Organic University. Courses, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will focus on topics such as hoop house production, transitioning large-scale operations to organic, ecological weed management and innovative ways to obtain land to farm.
The $220 cost to attend the university covers a handbook, breakfast and lunch. Course descriptions are at the web site of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, which is headquartered in Spring Valley, Wis.
The official conference kickoff will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 with the announcement of the Organic Farmers of the Year, recognizing a farm family for outstanding land management, innovation and outreach to promote organic agriculture.
On Feb. 23-24, farmers and agriculture professionals will present 66 workshops over six sessions. Topics will cover practical information about field crops, livestock, dairy, vegetables and specialty crops, as well as soil health, farming issues and strategies to help farmers manage and grow a farm business.
Keynote speakers will be John Mesko, who heads MOSES and owns a grass-fed beef operation in Minnesota; Melinda Hemmelgarn, a dietitian who hosts the nationally syndicated “Food Sleuth” radio show, and Chris Blanchard, who hosts the “Farmer to Farmer Podcast.”
Conference registration includes admission to the exhibit hall, workshops, keynotes, the organic research gallery, organic meals and entertainment. Admission, available at the conference, is $160 a day or $300 for Thursday evening through Saturday.