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July 2019 Organic Link
Support our Community of Farmers
With the severe impact this spring has had on farmers across the country, we didn't think it was appropriate to send out our annual spring appeal letter since many of our loyal supporters are farmers themselves. Our focus instead has been on helping the farmers impacted through our Organic Answer Line, providing individualized advice to help them make it through this year.
MOSES relies on individual donations to do this good work. If you're able, please invest in organic and regenerative farming through a donation today to MOSES. Together, we can support farmers through these difficult times.
Head out with MOSES to glean ideas from your farming peers! Click on a field day to learn more and register for that event.
Is there a specific workshop you'd like to see at the next MOSES Organic Farming Conference? Let us know by voting in the annual workshop survey. If you don't see the exact topic you'd like covered at MOSES 2020, write it in the box provided at the end of the survey. This survey closes July 31—cast your vote today!
SAVE THE DATE: MOSES 2020 will be Feb. 27-29 in La Crosse, Wis.
Free Admission to MOSES 2020
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. Deadline for entries is Aug. 30, 2019.
In Her Boots Podcast
The MOSES "In Her Boots" podcast currently features iinterviews with Policy Program Director for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and Interim Coalition Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. She talks about the need for stakeholder diversity in food system policy work, how the Farm Bill funds programs, and how farmer voices can be heard in Washington. New episodes of the podcast post on Fridays on iTunes, Stitcher, and our In Her Boots webpage.
Registration opens Aug. 1
The bi-annual Women in Sustainable Ag Conference will take place Oct. 17-19 at the InterContinental St. 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 lieu of the annual WFAN conference. The agenda is posted here. 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.
Training for Ag Service Providers
The OATS collaborative, which includes MOSES, has organized a two-day training on organic production systems and the USDA National Organic Program to educate extension staff, agency personnel, consultants, educators, and technical service providers. The training takes place Aug. 14-15 at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse, Wis. Cost is $85. Please note: While farmers are welcome, this event is geared towards service providers and consultants.
Options for Prevented Planting Acres
USDA's Farm Service Agency is extending the deadline to report acres of prevented planting in certain states until July 15, 2019. States include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin. In addition, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service offers special sign-ups to help producers plant cover crops through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. States involved include Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. Producers can hay, graze, or chop a cover crop planted with NRCS assistance and be eligible for a prevented planting payment. Click here for more details from the USDA.
Organic & Non-GMO Forum
Registration is open for the fifth annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum Oct. 29-30, 2019, in Minneapolis. This event is the source for conventional food and ag businesses to learn about opportunities in the organic and non-GMO industry, and for those in the field to discuss its challenges and advantages. This event, which has grown three-fold, promises unique insights from leading experts, and unparalleled networking opportunities. Tickets are $799 but farmers in the MOSES community may use the following discounts: producers with more than 5,000 acres under organic or transitional production use the code MOSES to reduce registration to $650; those with fewer than 5,000 acres use code ORGFARMER to reduce registration to $499.
Regenerative Farming Fellowship
The Regenerative Farming Fellowship is designed to support medium-scale farmers in the Northern Plains or Great Plains who are committed to adopting regenerative agricultural practices. Farmers from other regions also may apply. Meetings will take place in winter/spring of 2019-2020 in N.Y., D.C., and Minn. Travel support and stipends are available. The fellowship is a partnership between the Stone Barns Center, National Young Farmers Coalition, and Arizona State University, with support from the General Mills Foundation.