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FAMACHA and Integrated Parasite Management
Saturday, August 5, at Montana Highland Lamb, 680 Highway 55, in Whitehall, MT

Don't miss this workshop if you are a Montana sheep or goat producer.  Dave Scott, NCAT agriculture specialist and owner of Montana Highland Lamb, will teach you about combating Barber Pole Worm, FAMACHA eye scoring, creating refugias, and grazing methods that help control parasites. A pot luck lunch will be served.

The fee for the workshop is $18 per family, which includes the cost of the FAMACHA score card you will receive. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, go to the NCAT website at https://www.ncat.org/events/ or contact Dave at 406-494-4572 or daves@ncat.org.

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NOSB Web Conference to Discuss Hydroponics in Organic Food Production
August 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern

Register here for the online conference. A transcript will be available approximately two weeks after the event. This will be a discussion only; NOSB will not be voting on a recommendation at this time.

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Farm-Based Food Safety Training
Tuesday, August 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mountain View Growers at 163 Hummingbird Drive in Kalispell

This workshop is the last in a series of farm-based food-safety trainings designed for fresh-produce growers who want to enter into wholesale markets that may require a food safety plan; are curious about the food safety modernization act; or will require a GAP audit. The workshop is free and lunch will be provided.
Registration is required: click here or go to www.ncat.org/events
For more information, contact Tammy Howard at tammyh@ncat.org or 406-494-8683.

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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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