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Image of people in corn and wheat fieldsSUMMER FARM TOURS
Organic Advisory and Education Council and MSU presents Organic Production Field Day at Fort Ellis Research Station and MSU Campus
June 23, 2017
Fort Ellis Research Farm: 9:30-12:00
Linfield Hall, MSU Campus: 1:00pm-4:30pm

Montana State University researchers will share their findings on innovative, organic ways to control weeds, increase yields, improve rotations, and integrate livestock into cropping systems, and much more. Read more here.

Alternative Energy Resources Organization presents Touring the Lentil Underground: A two-day tour of sustainable farming in Montana's Golden Triangle
June 29-30, 2017

Learn about the agricultural practices of Lentil Underground farmers, and more about how and why Montana farmers are choosing sustainable methods. Read more here.
Farm tour photo by John Larmoyeux


MOA presents Summer Farm Tour at Manuel Family’s Prairie Grass Ranch in Havre, MT
June 30, 2017 at 9:30am

Topics to be covered include: dryland cropping of lentils, KAMUT® wheat, and emmer; cover crop grazing; roller crimper demo; bindweed analysis; soil inputs; Lentil Underground presentation by author Liz Carlisle; and much more. Read more here.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS
MOA's 2017 Conference will take place on December 7-9, 2017 in Great Falls. More details to come soon.


Check out MOA's GMO Page

Read commentary from MOA members and learn the latest about GMOs by visiting MOA's GMO page here. Explore the links and resources on the GMO page to learn more about GMOs and the latest efforts to eradicate them. You can also join in the conversation by sending in your comments and links. Bookmark this new GMO page and visit often for updates.



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MOA Member Benefit and Ag Safety Webpage
Montana Organic Association is now a member of the Montana’s Ag Safety Program.  MOA members (farmers & ranchers) may be eligible for Ag Group return premiums if overall accidents are reduced, as well as any general dividends issued by State Fund.  Find out how to make your workplace safe by visiting our Ag Safety webpage here.


Check out our Facebook page
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MOA Online Directory Webpage
Check out our online organic business Directory. Get your farm, business or organization listed in the Directory by becoming a member here.


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NEWS HGHILIGHTS

If you raised and sold, or normally would have sold, $1,000 or more of any kind of agricultural products, urban or rural, PLEASE sign up today to participate in the next Census of Agriculture.
Sign up closes June 30th! The Census only takes place every five years so it's critical to participate in this year's count to encourage federal programs supporting small, diversified, sustainable, organic, beginning and non-traditional farmers while drafting the 2018 Farm Bill.

Action Alert: Tell USDA to Protect Organic Animal Welfare ( by June 9),
by Cornucopia Institute, May 25, 2017.

The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition is seeking a full-time Americorps VISTA volunteer.
The VISTA will work on building capacity in our beginning farmer programs. The position will start on July 24 and they hope to complete the hiring process by July 7. More here.

Call for Nominations to Serve on NOSB Board, one vacancy in environmental protection and resource conservation, deadline August 7, 2017.
More here.

Snowmelt Causes Rivers and Streams to Rise across Montana, More to Come,
by USDA-NRCS Montana, June 6, 2017.

Gallatin Valley Farm to School is hiring a Farm to School Educator
to develop and implement educational programs in subject areas related to food, nutrition, gardening, environmental science, and agriculture to elementary school students in Gallatin County. For more information about the position, contact Erin Jackson at erin@gvfarmtoschool.org or (406) 219-7929. Applications must be received by email before June 16, 2017 at 12:00am MST.

USDA Requests Public Input on Revision of Biotechnology Regulations and Comments are due by June 19, 2017.
Links to materials and comments here. Posted February 23, 2017.

AMS has announced the posting of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule, USDA AMS, January 18, 2017.

MOA is honored to be included in Food Tank's 117 Organizations to Watch in 2017. Read more here. Posted January 10, 2017.

Local Food Marketing Practices Survey results were released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Visit www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/Local_Food/index.php or the Quick Stats database at https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov.

Industry Watchdog Calls for Independent Investigation of USDA’s National Organic Program
, by Cornucopia Institute, December 11, 2016.

5 States That Grow the Most Organic Food Per Acre,
by Ken Roseboro, EcoWatch.com, November 7, 2016.

Breaking: Organic standards under assault,
by Dave Murphy, Food Democracy Now, October 25, 2016.

MOA has been chosen to be listed in the 2016 Good Food Org Guide,
a definitive resource that highlights the exemplary work non-profit organizations in the United States are doing on food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. Posted October 31, 2016.

How One GMO Nearly Took Down the Planet,
by Thom Hartmann, AlterNet.org, August 5, 2016

Why the GMO Labeling Bill Obama Just Signed Into Law Is a Sham—and a National Embarrassment, by Andrew Kimbrell, AlterNet.org, August 4, 2016.

USDA confirms unapproved GMO wheat found in Washington state,
by Karl Plume, Reuters, July 29, 2016. (Image from KAMUT®)

MOA Opposes DARK Act / GMO labeling bill: Letter to MT Rep. Zinke and President Obama, July 12, 2016.

Costco going all out for organic:
You're not going to believe the initiative this retailer is taking, by Sarah Landers, Alternet.org, April 14, 2016.

40 years of science: Organic ag key to feeding the world,
by Sylvia Kantor, Washington State University news, February 3, 2016.

Food Safety Begins on the Farm: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for Vegetable and Fruit Growers in Montana,
by Jonda Crosby, from Spring 2015 issue of MOA 's newsletter, Organic Matters, posted May 20, 2015.

MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits using sheep,
by Jenny Lavey, MSU News Service, posted May 20, 2015.

New Experimental GE Wheat Contamination in Montana Puts Wheat Farmers at Risk,
Center for Food Safety, September 26, 2014.

USDA says unapproved GMO wheat found in Montana,
by Mary Clare Jalonick and Jo Dee Black, Associated Press and Great Falls Tribune, September 26, 2014.

MOA's statement regarding escaped GMO wheat in Oregon,
June 12, 2013.

Get involved!
Get the contact list for your Montana Representatives here.

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NEW RESOURCES

White Paper: Increasing Agricultural Sustainability Through Organic Farming,
by the Organic Center, Posted June 16, 2017.

Crop Planning Resources from NCAT and AATRA here.
Accompanying video can be found here. Posted January 31, 2017.

The National Organic Coalition released a white paper titled, "Expanding Organic Production in the US: Challenges and Policy Recommendations,"
which can be read here. Posted January 3, 2017.

Organic Certification Cost Share monies are available.
Visit here to learn more.

“How to Grow Your Organic Food Business” presentation from the Montana Organic Association Conference in Kalispell, December 2016,
courtesy of MTDA's Angie Nelson and Headwaters RC&D's Joe Willauer. Posted December 23, 2016.


Organic Farming Research Foundation's 2016 National Organic Research Agenda (NORA) report
provides comprehensive recommendations for future investment in organic agricultural research. Read the report here.

Organic Seed Alliance's Montana Organic Seed Assessment: Vegetables, 2016
is available for free download here.

ATTRA Webinar: “Crop Planning for Vegetable Farmers”
was recorded and archived on NCAT’s ATTRA program website at, where it’s available to view free of charge. If you have questions concerning the webinar or any other sustainable-agriculture issues, you can use the email “Ask an Ag Expert” feature on the website or call the ATTRA “hotline” at 800-346-9140. Both are free of charge.

Organic Seed Alliance released a report that details the organic seed needs of vegetable growers in Montana.
The findings can be found here. Posted December 16, 2016.

Community Food & Agriculture Coalition launched a statewide specialty crop mini-grant, a regional 0% interest loan, and a free technical assistance program for those considering Farm Service Agency financing, posted November 18, 2016. More here.

Reports Describe Plant Breeding Priorities for Organic,
OSA and Cornell University have each released a report that details plant breeding priorities for organic agriculture in the Pacific Northwest and Northeast. October 7, 2016.

A new ATTRA tipsheet, “Grasshoppers – Botanical Control Formulations”
summarizes the most effective ways to use some of those botanicals, including neem, garlic, mint, and eucalyptus. It also contains references for further study. Download this free publication here.

The Organic Seed Alliance has published "State of Organic Seed, 2016.
To download the report, visit http://stateoforganicseed.org/. Posted July 6, 2016.

FarmAnswers.org is a Clearinghouse to Help You Start and Advance Your Agricultural Business. Find out more here.

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Livestock, Poultry, and Grain (LPG) Market News recently published the National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs report. Published bi-weekly, this report provides organic price information at the farm gate and on a delivered elevator basis. The report also highlights the market's spot trade and forward contract activity.

Cover Cropping for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects:
16 page bulletin to help you use cover crops to encourage pollinators and beneficial insects, by SARE.org, posted December 2, 2015.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's Farmers' Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program
can be viewed here. Posted May 22, 2015.

Organic Labeling at Farmers' Markets,
Guidelines by the National Organic Program. Posted May 22, 2014.

The Vegetable Grower’s Guide to Organic Certification
is meant for vegetable farmers who embrace the philosophy of organic agriculture, but aren’t yet certified. Free download of publication from the National Young Farmers Coalition. Posted March 17, 2014. 

The Legal Guide for Direct Farm Marketing,
Drake Agricultural Law Center, posted November 20, 2013.

ATTRA creates Farmer Knows Best forum,
posted November 19, 2013.

Organic Control of Perennial Weeds with Vinegar and Biologicals,
SARE research report, coordinated by Jess Alger, posted April 22, 2013.

The National Organic Program Handbook
provides those who own, manage, or certify organic operations with guidance and instructions that can assist them in complying with the USDA organic regulations. Posted March 1, 2013.

Farm Journal's Legacy Project graciously offers a free online Farm Succession Workbook
here. Posted January 28, 2013.

DriftWatch
is an online tool to help protect pesticide-sensitive crops and habitats from the drift that sometimes occurs during spray operations. Visit www.driftwatch.org. Posted January 28, 2013.

Farmers’ Legal Action Group (FLAG) has released a comprehensive and much-anticipated publication, the Farmers’ Guide to Organic Contracts,
written to help farmers make informed decisions at every stage of the contract relationship (available for free download at www.flaginc.org).

Read the Organic Growers Association's stewardship article, Compost Matters
, here.

OSA Publishes Participatory Plant Breeding Toolkit,
by Cathleen McCluskey, posted June 9, 2012.

Organic Seed Alliance has created new multi-media seed production tutorials
for beets
and chard, brassicas, carrots, lettuce, onions, and wet seeded crops, along with tutorials
on seed climatic considerations, seed disease and seed quality. To access the tutorials, visit http://campus.extension.org/course/view.php?id=377. Posted July 2, 2011.

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MULTIMEDIA
Video: Organic Soil-based Farming Benefits All Life,
by Cornucopia Institute, March 28, 2017.
Webinar: Connecting with Institutional Markets: Strategies and Programs for Producers.
Video covers developing partnerships, direct marketing, wholesaling, forward contracting, utilizing MOUs and food safety.
Farm to Healthcare
is a video focused on the relationships between Kalispell Regional Medical Center, the Western Montana Grower’s Cooperative, Harlequin Produce, and the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center. Posted February 23, 2017.
Meet Four Young Farmers Who Are Rising to the Challenge of Water Scarcity in the Western U.S.,
by Chelsey Simpson, Alternet.org, December 7, 2016.
Vienna’s Veggie Orchestra Literally Plays with Food,
CNN, September 23, 2016.
The Organic Effect: What Happens When You Switch to Organic Food,
Coop via RobynOBrien.com, September 15, 2016.
“The Organic Life” Chronicles a Year in the Life of One Organic Farmer,
by Dr. Mercola, mercola.com, July 11, 2015.
Organic Producer Video Profiles in Soil Health
, USDA, posted May 12, 2015.
MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits‬ video,
YouTube.com, posted May 12, 2015.
PBS video of MOA Board Members
Andrew Long, Seth Swanson, and Casey Bailey working with the NRCS.
New Video: Say Goodbye to Old MacDonald and Choose a Better Future!
by OnlyOrganic.org, posted March 6, 2015.
2014 Farm Tour at Terrapin Farm video,
by USDA RMA and NCA
2014 Cover Crop Tour video collection, by NCAT/ATTRA, posted September 29, 2014.
Dr. Don Huber: GMOs and Glyphosate and Their Threat to Humanity (Podcast),
by Carol Grieve', FoodIntegrityNow.org, April 8, 2014.
Organic Matters: Vermont Organic Growers on Food and Farming,
by Helen Whybrow and Michael Sacca, posted February 27, 2014.
U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers Safety Videos,
posted November 1, 2013.
Humus - the essential ingredient: Graeme Sait at TEDxNoosa
Video: 11 year-old takes down Monsanto in TED Talk,
by Anthony Gucciardi, NaturalSociety.com, May 29, 2013.
What's So Special About Organic Seed?,
by Gail Nickel-Kailing, Good Food World, February 21, 2013.
Food Mythbusters' Movies: The real story about what we eat. Posted February 27, 2013.
Non-GMOs after Prop 37 with Jeffrey Smith, via GaiamTV.com, November 23, 2012.
Eight videos from Institute for Responsible Technology newsletter,
Nov. 1, 2012.
View groundbreaking documentary, Genetic Roulette, for free until Nov. 6,
Institute for Responsible Technology, September 15, 2012.
Watch the trailer to Jeffrey M. Smith’s groundbreaking new feature length documentary,
Genetic Roulette - The Gamble of Our Lives, narrated by Lisa Oz. Institute for Responsible Technology, August 8, 2012.
Four food documentaries everybody should watch,
by John McKiernan, NaturalNews.com, May 16, 2012.
Food Matters, You Are What You Eat.
Watch the first 40 minutes free.
The Video Collection from NutritionFacts.org
offers hundreds of videos with the latest in nutrition research.
GMOs failing across America - Farmer to Farmer film reveals disastrous failure
by PF Louis, posted Sept 19, 2011. The mainstream media reports almost nothing about the downside of GMO farming. Only the propaganda of creating more agricultural abundance cheaply is broadcasted. A short video documentary "Farmer to Farmer: The Truth about GM Crops" offers a glimpse into the undisclosed downside reality of GMO farming.
The best new online videos you'll want to check out: Define Better, FLOW, Awakening and more, NaturalNews.com, posted Sept 19, 2011.
OCA's Thalia Kazakos offers another great video on how and why anti-GMO activists should organize local activists and dump GMO-tainted products in front of natural food stores, posted May 26, 2011.
Nourishing the Planet TV: Empowering Women to Feed Communities, posted February 9, 2011.
Herb Sand's Organic Farm Video, posted January 27, 2011.
Eleven-year-old Describes Broken Food System in Five Minutes, CommonDreams.org, Posted September 29, 2010.

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