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Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference
Sept. 26-28, 2017
DoubleTree Hotel in Billings, MT

This year’s conference is packed with speakers that will deliver information on today’s most pressing topics:  farm safety and disaster preparedness, increasing profitability, women in ag business, self-defense, and media outreach.
Registration for the conference is $70 prior to Sept. 1 and $90 after that date. Registration information at A special room rate is available at the DoubleTree Hotel until Sept. 5.
For more information, contact Tara Becken, conference chairperson, at 406-930-4205 or

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AERO Expo and Annual Meeting
October 20-22, 2017
Butte, Montana
"Ready, Set, Lead!" features area tours, keynote speakers Gabe Brown and John Farrell, and panels on food, agriculture, and energy. Local meals, a silent auction, and more are planned. More info at

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National Organic Coalition Pre-NOSB Meeting
October 30th, 9 am - 5 pm
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
245 Water Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
The Pre-NOSB meeting serves as a public forum for diverse stakeholders to discuss some of the most urgent and challenging issues impacting the organic community. The meeting this fall will include discussions about the Farm Bill, strengthening enforcement of the organic standards domestically and internationally, regional updates from organic farmers, and other NOSB topics TBD. Attendees must RSVP to attend.

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15th Annual MOA Conference and Member Meeting
Organic Resiliency In A Changing World
December 7-9, 2017, at the Mansfield Center in Great Falls, Montana

Behind the scenes at the Montana Organic Association, the Conference Committee is hard at work event planning for the 15th Annual MOA Conference, which will be held December 7-9, 2017, at the Mansfield Center in Great Falls. This year’s theme is “Organic Resiliency In A Changing World.” We’re excited to present Keynote Speaker Dr. Stephen Jones, a wheat breeder and the Director of the The Bread Lab. Stephen has a PhD in Genetics from the University of California at Davis and teaches graduate courses in advanced classical genetics and in the history and ethics of genetics. The Bread Lab is a combination think tank and baking laboratory where scientists, bakers, chefs, farmers, maltsters, brewers, distillers and millers experiment with improved flavor, nutrition and functionality of regional and obscure wheats, barley, other small grains and beans.

Area farm and facility tours are a staple of MOA conferences and this year will continue the tradition. We will have a live and silent auction, with entertainment provided by Jim Sargent.
Pat Carr, Carmen Fernholz and Bob Quinn are all scheduled to present in conference sessions. An impressive lineup of topics and speakers are filling the agenda and more details will be available soon.

Chandy Bomgardner will provide catering using locally sourced, organic ingredients. MOA has arranged for lodging at discounted rates at Laquinta Great Falls at $84/night plus tax.

Mark your calendars for December 7-9 and visit MOA’s website or Facebook page for the latest information.

Sponsor and Vendor opportunities are available; please contact Susan at 406-274-4869.

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Organic Seed Alliance's Organic Seed Growers Conference
February 14-18, 2018, in Corvallis, Oregon
The biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference is a unique opportunity to trade knowledge, techniques, and ideas that strengthen the larger organic seed community. Join hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, researchers, certifiers, food companies, seed companies, and other stakeholders for a full agenda focused solely on organic seed.
For more info, visit here.

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