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August 2019 Organic Link
National Conference for Women in Ag
Registration is open for the national Women in Sustainable Ag Conference happening Oct. 17-19 at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront hotel. MOSES is organizing the event this year, which will include a "Plate to Politics" track spearheaded by the Women, Food and Ag Network (WFAN) in place of the annual WFAN conference. Workshops, demos, and networking opportunities will support women in all aspects of sustainable agriculture, providing essential information on leadership skills, empowerment, and farm business success.
There's still time to catch an on-farm event! Click on a field day to learn more and register.
Need an experienced farmer to guide your farm or help you set up a new enterprise? Want to share your experience with a beginning farmer and encourage sustainable, organic production? Apply now to participate in the 2020 MOSES Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program. The program runs from January 2020 to February 2021 and includes admission to the MOSES Organic Farming Conference in both years. The appliction deadline is Oct. 31, 2019.
Organic Answer Line
If you have a question about farming or organic rules, call our Organic Answer Line at 888-90-MOSES. You'll reach MOSES Organic Specialist Chuck Anderas (pictured). He has a degree in agricultural education and a background in organic certification and organic fruit and vegetable farming. Chuck leads our team of on-farm organic specialists: Rachel Henderson, whose expertise is organic fruit and livestock; Kevin Mahalko, who is an organic dairyman and grazing expert; and Carmen Fernholz, our OGRAIN crop consultant. Learn more about these specialists and see answers to other farmers' questions here.
In Her Boots Podcast
The MOSES "In Her Boots" podcast currently features iinterviews with Alicia Razvi, Wooly Thyme Micro Farm— one of the young farmers featured in the Saturday keynote at the 2019 MOSES Conference. New episodes of the podcast post on Fridays on iTunes, Stitcher, and our In Her Boots webpage.
Cover Crop Resource
SARE has published a technical bulletin called Cover Crop Economics: Opportunities to Improve Your Bottom Line in Row Crops. Available for free both online and in print, it shares the latest research on the economics of planting cover crops. It takes a multi-year approach to analyze cover crops as a long-term investment rather than a simple annual budget analysis. The bulletin contains practical information for farmers like how cover crops affect yields over time and cover crop budgets for varied management scenarios. It also details the off-farm impacts of cover crops including water quality, infrastructure costs, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity. Four farmer profiles give examples of the practical effect of cover crops in real-life situations.
Nominations for Farmer of Year
Shine the spotlight on an outstanding organic farmer by nominating someone you admire for the MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year award. This prestigious award recognizes organic farmers for outstanding land stewardship, innovation, and outreach. The nomination period closes Sept. 15, 2019. The winner will be announced at the 2020 MOSES Organic Farming Conference Feb. 27 in La Crosse, Wis.
Fall NOSB Meeting
The fall meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will take place Oct. 23-25, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Penn. This is the semiannual meeting for the board to hear comments from the public about substances used in organic production. Written comments and requests for speaking time at the meeting must be received by Oct. 3.
FEAST Local Foods Marketplace
Farmers and food businesses with locally grown products may showcase at the 6th Annual FEAST Local Foods Marketplace Dec. 6 and 7 in Rochester, Minn. The event offers the opportunity to meet with buyers, network with peers, and introduce products to the general public. Organizers are looking for food businesses that utilize locally grown ingredients in their products and include features like gluten-free, grass-fed, and organic. Aug. 31 is the Early Bird deadline to apply for a booth.
MOSES 2020 Photo Contest
Enter scenic shots of your farm, crops, livestock, or equipment in action to the annual MOSES Conference photo contest for your chance to win FREE admission to the full conference plus a T-shirt and mug! The winning photo will be featured on the cover of the MOSES 2020 Program. Every entrant gets a free mug at the conference. This annual contest is a great way to show off your farm and provide MOSES with authentic farming photos to promote organic and sustainable practices. Deadline for entries is Aug. 30, 2019.
Odors as Pest Deterrent
Organic farmers battling swede midge in brassicas will appreciate a new study from the University of Vermont that used plant odors to repel insect pests. The study is the first to show how the similarity of plant odors and phylogenetic relatedness can predict insect repellency. The researchers found that particular essential oils – garlic, spearmint, thyme, eucalyptus lemon, and cinnamon bark – were most effective at repelling the midge.
Farm Aid Concert
Farm Aid supports family farmers through grants to nonprofit organizations working to strengthen family farm agriculture and improve our nation’s food system. MOSES is proud to be a Farm Aid grant recipient. The annual Farm Aid concert to fund these grants takes place Sept. 21 at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. Tickets are on sale now.
MOSES will be among the exhibitors at the Pollination Festival Aug. 25 in Minneapolis. The event features live music, local food, fun exhibits and games to support work to save and create habitat for native pollinators.