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Food Safety training focusing on Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) guidelines
The in-person trainings have already taken place, but webinar trainings are scheduled for May 15 and September 25.

The trainings will be offered as both in-person and via webinar. The course is a six-hour training and will include pre-course exercises and a post course exam for those pursuing certification as a food safety Regional Independent Verifier. The trainings are designed for farmers, sanitarians, cooperative extension agents, local food educators, farmers market managers, food safety auditors, organic inspectors, food retailers, restaurant owners, farm interns, farm to school and farm to college professionals and agricultural service providers. The course will specifically cover food safety issues including: farmer self-inspection preparation, traceability, ground history, adjacent land, fertilizer and crop nutrition, irrigation and water use, crop protection, field worker hygiene, and harvesting practices. Participants will gain skill in navigating the regulations and using standard assessment tools.

For more information about the training, please contact: Jonda Crosby at 406-227-9161, or email her at

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Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program Grant Writing Workshop
April 2, 2015 at the Bozeman Public Library
April 7, 2015 at the Yellowstone County Courthouse
April 27, 2015, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Missoula County Extension Conference Room, 2825 Santa Fe Court, Missoula, MT 59808
The Regional Rural Development Centers in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) have developed workshop materials and resources focused on improving the funding success rate of applicants to USDA AMS grant programs, specifically the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). The Missoula County Extension Office is participating in this project, and offering this training program to assist individuals and organizations in their efforts to secure AMS resources to further the provision of local foods. There is NO CHARGE for the training and it is open to everyone.  Space is limited, but pre-registration is required. Please register here.
For more information, visit here or contact Seth Swanson at (406) 258-4205.

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Webinar: Food Revolution Summit
April 25 - May 3, 2015

Join this free event with guests Tony Robbins, Michael Pollan, Paul McCartney, Vandana Shiva and many more. Get the latest updates, breaking news and information on what’s happening with dangers to your food. You’ll find out about research that big agriculture would rather you didn’t know existed. For more information, visit

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Webinar: Resources for Organic Producers Selling Local Foods  
April 29th at 1:00 pm Eastern time

The USDA Organic Working Group will host a webinar highlighting USDA's resources for organic producers marketing local foods. Many farmer's markets and CSA customers appreciate knowing the organic certification status of their farmers and vendors, and many organic producers are seeking ways to market their products to local customers. Join us to learn about organic certification, labeling, and online directories of local markets.
• Get information about USDA organic rules for labeling and small farms. For a preview, take a look at the fact sheet, "Organic Labeling at Farmer's Markets."
• Find out how to become certified organic, and what organic production and food handling standards mean.
• Learn how to advertise your Farmers Market, CSA, Food Hub and On-Farm Market  in USDA's Local Food Directories.  Listing your direct food enterprise is free.
• See more resources for local and regional food programs through the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative
Webinar Instructions:
 Pre-registration is not required for these webinar sessions. To participate:
  Step 1- Dial In by Phone:
Toll-Free (U.S. & Canada): 866.740.1260
Access Code: 7206000
 Step 2: Also Access the Web:  
Meeting URL:      
On the left side of the screen, enter
Participant Access Code: 7206000 

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Mark your calendars for MOA's Farm Tours
June 10, 2015 at Jess Alger's Ranch in Stanford, MT
June 26, 2015 at Daryl and Linda Lassila's Farm in the Great Falls, MT area

More info to come soon!

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Mark your calendars for MOA's 2015 Conference
Cultivating Soils. Opportunities, and Relationships
December 3-5, 2015
Bozeman, MT

Stay tuned for more information!

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8th Organic Seed Growers Conference
February 4 - 6, 2016, Corvallis, Oregon

For more information, visit

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