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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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Regenerative Earth Summit
November 6-7, Boulder, Colorado
Join us in Boulder, Colorado for two-days of immersion with 
these thought leaders plus many other cutting edge speakers
along with over 300 peers. Regenerative Earth Summit:
Food + Climate + Culture is unique. It is about getting real change to happen in our food system. This is not a talking head event. It is a gathering to show up and engage to co-create strategies for a regenerative shift in food and agriculture. More info at:

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Tilth Conference
November 10-12, 2017
Vancouver, Washington
This conference brings together hundreds of farmers, producers, researchers, and food-system professionals to network and learn. The agenda includes farm tours, speakers, and breakout sessions and workshops on production, marketing, and business. More info at

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OSA Seed Quality and Seed Processing Trainings
November 11-12, 2017, Missoula and Ronan, Montana
The focus of this workshop is on seed quality and geared toward specialty crop growers who already save seed or produce seed under commercial contracts, as well as growers who are interested in integrating seed into their diversified operation. The course will cover how to monitor and improve the quality of seed genetics, purity, germination, and physical condition .Please RSVP in advance. More information at

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2017 conference graphic and link to conference info15th 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.
Dr. Jennifer Swanson, Dr. Pat Carr, Carmen Fernholz and Dr. 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.

Chandee Bomgardner will provide catering using locally sourced, organic ingredients.

MOA has arranged for lodging at discounted rates at La Quinta Great Falls at $84/night plus tax. Their website is:

Mark your calendars for December 7-9 and visit MOA’s website or Facebook page for the latest information. More information will be coming on October 3. Please direct your registration questions to Patti at (406) 333-1054.

Register online at:

Download a registration form here.

Sponsor and Vendor opportunities are available. Please contact Susan at (406) 274-4869.

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Planning for On-farm Success Workshop Series
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 8:30 PM, January 9-February 20, 2018
Bear Paw FADC, 48 Second Ave, Havre, Montana

In Planning For On-Farm Success, you will learn how to:
Create a Business Plan, Evaluate New Market Opportunities, Promote Your Brand, Create Financial Documents, Manage Your Cash Flow, Access the Right Financing, Prepare to Meet With a Lender, Manage Risks in Your Operation.
To obtain Farm Service Agency borrower financial management training credit, you must attend the workshops on Managing Your Financials and Financial Decision-Making. For more info on FSA credit, email More info at:

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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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2018 Prairie Organics Think Whole Farm Conference
February 23-24, 2018 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
With keynote addresses, breakout sessions on organic livestock, crop, and vegetable production, and networking opportunities. More info at

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