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November 5-6, 2010
Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, Missoula, MT

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The Montana Organic Association’s (MOA) Eighth Annual Conference and Member Meeting is an opportunity to learn about organic food and agriculture. The Conference is November 5-6, 2010, at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park in Missoula and will feature renown author and supporter of organics, Maria Rodale of the Rodale Institute.

The conference starts Friday evening, November 5th, with a keynote address by Maria Rodale, co-chair of the Rodale Institute and CEO of the Rodale family’s publishing business, Rodale, Inc. The Rodale Institute is well known for pioneering organic farming methods as early as 1947 and is committed to groundbreaking organic research, policy and advocacy. Maria Rodale is the author of Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe. The conference theme, “Gathering Montana’s Organic Community: Demystifying Organics” reflects MOA’s desire to unite the organic community and to spread a positive message about the benefits of organic agriculture and food.

Saturday is devoted to sessions that have value for all, whether you are a student, a consumer of organic food, an organic producer or handler, or if you are just interested in learning more about organics and meeting people with like interests. A morning panel, “How Organic Agriculture Can Feed the World,” will include noted panelists Maria Rodale; Neva Hassanein, Associate Professor in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana; Bob Quinn, innovative organic farmer and owner of Kamut International; and Andy Sponseller, vintner of organic wines from Ten Spoon Winery in Missoula. Farmers will be interested in sessions on tree fruit production and vegetable varieties suitable for our climate lead by organic farmers, Lise Rousseau and Judy Owsowitz, and Tammy Hinman, program specialist for the National Center for Appropriate Technology. We’ll learn what’s new in organics like USDA’s certification cost share and certification program updates from Doug Crabtree, Montana Department of Agriculture; Barry Flamm, National Organic Standards Board member; and Jeff Schahczenski, Program Specialist for the National Center for Appropriate Technology. These are just some of the sessions to be offered.

The Conference is sponsored in part by the Good Food Store, Kamut International, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Montana Department of Agriculture, Real Food Market and Deli, Quality Foods Distributing, Blackfoot River Brewing, National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), 2 J's Fresh Market and Irish Eyes Garden Seeds. Other sponsorships and advertising opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Lou Ann Crowley at 406-721-4331 or or Jeff Schahczenski at 406-494-8636 or

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