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January 2019 Organic Link


Early Bird Savings

Early bird pricing for the MOSES Organic Farming Conference ends Jan. 8. Regular registration is open through Feb. 7.

The conference, which runs Feb. 21-23 in La Crosse, Wis., features 60 workshops, 9 intensive Organic University classes, a 2-floor exhibit hall with more than 170 vendors, plus great organic food. Since this is our 30th gathering, MOSES 2019 brings back two favorite bands: The Pheromones perform after the kick-off Thursday night, and Synister Dane warms up the crowd before the keynotes. 

Already registered? Download the free conference app to bookmark vendors and activities, and connect with other participants. Search for "MOSES Organic Farming Conference" in your app store.  


Full-Day Classes

Dig deeper into a topic with an Organic University™ class taught by experienced farmers, researchers, and/or ag professionals. Organic University runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, just prior to the MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Click on the titles below for details.

Advanced Organic Weed Management
Matt Liebman, Sam Hitchcock-Tilton, Joe Fitzgerald, Matt Fitzgerald, & Keith Wilson

Grow & Market Organic Mushrooms
Tradd Cotter

Maximize Nutrition from Grazing & Forages
Brad Heins, Kevin Mahalko, & Silvia Abel-Caines, DVM

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
Teresa Wiermerslage, Kirsten Slaughter, & Annake Ramsey
Farmers Union will reimburse $100 on class completion.

Reduce Risk in Your Farming Business
Margaret Krome

Soil:  The Final Frontier
Kris Nichols, Ph.D. & Loran Steinlage

Specialty Cut Flowers
Jeanie McKewan

What it Takes to Grow Industrial Hemp
Bryan Parr, John Strohfus, Jeff Kostuik, Alden Braul, Melody Walker, & Margaret Wiatrowski

Wholesale Vegetable Production for Small to Mid-Scale Farms
Ariel Pressman & David Giedd


Scholarship Opportunities for MOSES 2019

While our scholarships have been awarded, a couple of other organizations are offering scholarships:

Food Animals Concerns Trust (FACT) has scholarships to cover registration fees for livestock and poultry farmers.

Jewish Farmer Network,  a grassroots nonprofit that connects Jewish farmers to resources and community, is offering scholarships of up to $180/person.


New Staff at MOSES

We're welcoming two great additions to the MOSES team: Caleb Langworthy and Sophia Cleveland. Caleb just joined our team in the new year as an organic specialist. He has extensive experience navigating NRCS programs for his farm and will share that knowledge and more through our Organic Answer Line (1-888-90-MOSES voice or text) and our Ask a Specialist webpage. Sophia joined our team in October as our development coordinator, helping us engage with the generous donors and funders who make it possible for MOSES to provide resources and services to our farming community.



Visioning Session at MOSES 2019 

Organic 2051 will bring 100 change-makers together Feb. 21, during the 2019 Organic University in La Crosse, to develop a pathway for feeding the world with our brand of agriculture by 2050 and beyond. Names of selected participants are posted on the Organic 2051 webpage, along with a form to submit ideas for discussion at the forum.


In Her Boots Podcast

The MOSES "In Her Boots" podcast currently features a conversation between host Lisa Kivirist and Susan Waughtal of Squash Blossom Farm outside Rochester, Minn. New episodes of the podcast post on Fridays on iTunes, Stitcher, and our In Her Boots webpage.


OGRAIN Conference

The fourth annual OGRAIN Conference takes place Jan. 25-26, 2019 on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The two-day event includes presentations on all aspects of organic grain production, with content aimed at farmers looking to transition to organic grains or improve their current organic systems. Registration closes Jan. 21. OGRAIN is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the UW Farm and Industry Short Course, and MOSES.


Grants for Farmers

The Lakewinds Organic Field Fund supports local and organic farms in Minnesota, northern Iowa, and western Wisconsin by providing grants to help farmers improve the health of their land, make the transition to organic, purchase necessary tools, and increase productivity. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2019. 


Beginning Farmer Webinar Series

Michigan State University Extension presents webinars for beginning farmers on Wednesday evenings from January 19 through April 3, 2019. The 12 webinars will cover crop and livestock production, farm business, and marketing. Each webinar is $5, or $30 for the full series.


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