MOA Conference & Business Meeting

18th Annual MOA Conference and Business Meeting

Planning for MOA’s annual conference is underway for virtual conference events December 3 - 5, 2020 delivered via Zoom.

The virtual MOA Business Meeting will take place in-person or virtually at 12:30 pm on December 5. Policy discussions will occur prior to the Business Meeting. Instructions on elections will be out at least one month prior to the Business Meeting. Please follow us on Facebook for the latest news.

Fred Provenza, Professor Emeritus, Utah State University will deliver the keynote address

“Let Feed and Food be Our Medicine”

December 4 at 1:00 pm.

MOA 2020 Virtual Conference Session Schedule

For the first time, the MOA Annual Conference and Business meeting will be delivered online via Zoom. While not an ideal situation, the Conference Committee determined that it is valuable to connect as members with MOA’s usual research updates, discussions, practical workshops, and even student sessions. Further, the MOA By-laws require that it have an annual meeting. There will be NO CHARGES to attend any of these virtual events. Please register to receive invitations to the events.

There are scheduled sessions throughout the days when the conference was scheduled, December 3—5, but sessions are also scheduled throughout this Fall, into December, and the New Year. The Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for December 5 at 12:30 PM.

The schedule is much lighter than MOA’s usual offering and sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

Register TODAY and Let MOA know which sessions you'd like to attend.

 

Organic University

MOA will once again provide “Organic University,” a free virtual workshop focused on organic certification that includes developing your organic system plan. In addition to sessions given by professional organic inspectors, Organic U features accomplished farmers and ranchers who share their common-sense experience gained through years of practice. The workshop begins on November 30 and goes through December 2.

Do you have organic food that you would like highlighted in the MOA Newsletter and/or on Social Media? Do you have an online store that we can link to? Let us know! moamembership@gmail.com

Call for Student Posters - Due November 1, 2020

MOA welcomes students! We know the timing of the conference is tough with finals, but we tan application to present your work in a virtual session. Student presentations are typically 5- 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions.  Complete proposals received by November 1, 2020, will receive priority consideration. Ideally, students will be working with a faculty advisor overseeing their work.

About MOA's Annual Conference and Business Meeting

Given the COVID-19 Pandemic the MOA Conference is subject to change.

The MOA Conference will include a truncated schedule of virtual speaker presentations. The MOA Business Meeting will take place regardless. In the case of public event restrictions, the meeting will take place via conference call or other virtual means. 

Every year, the Montana Organic Association (MOA) gathers its members and invites the public to join them in celebrating the organic movement that came about thirty years ago. Montana now ranks among the top states in the production of certified organic wheat and other grains along with peas, lentils, and flax.

The 18th Annual MOA Conference, held virtually this year, will be a gathering of diverse but like-minded people who have dedicated themselves to living by organic standards that convey trust and transparency to the consumer. They will come together to share their stories, learn from each other, and confront the many challenges that face them at this time in history.

MOA is pleased to announce that Fred Provenza, Professor Emeritus, Utah State University will deliver the keynote address Friday, December 4 at 1 pm. We are proud of the caliber of our keynote speakers and thank the leaders in organic food and agriculture who have shared their knowledge, experience, and inspiration with Montana's organic community.

MOA offers the opportunity to hear from more than a dozen over through its virtual conference offerings.

The conference includes the MOA business meeting on Saturday, December 5.

There are many ways to be involved with supporting the conference including submitting a virtual vendor talk, becoming a sponsor, purchasing an advertisement in the conference program, or donating an item or service for our fundraising auction, or even volunteering.

MOA is strong because of the participation and support of its many outstanding members, volunteers, sponsors, advertisers, and friends. Register Today!!

MOA has several registration options, including discounted registration for MOA members and students, along with those for vendor booths, sponsorships, and premium sponsorships. You will also find ways to donate, to volunteer, to sign kids up for Kids' U and more!

Visit MOA's registration page here.

Conference registration is online, but if you prefer to pay via check with a hard copy form, please email to let us know and a form will be emailed to you. moamembership@gmail.com

The direction of this organization is only as strong as its Leadership. MOA welcomes energetic, committed dynamic leaders to join us to ensure the continued success of MOA.

The Board of Directors election will take place during the MOA Conference Annual Business Meeting at The Commons Conference Center, 1794 Baxter Lane East, Bozeman, MT 59718.

Call for Nominations.

The MOA Awards Committee is seeking your nominations for two awards to be presented at the Annual Conference in Great Falls.

The “Lifetime of Service” award goes to an organic producer, handler, retailer, researcher, service provider (or other) who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to organic agriculture in Montana.

A “Leadership in Organics” award goes to an organic producer, handler, retailer, researcher, service provider (or other) who demonstrates an on-going commitment to advancing the adoption, practice, and success of organic agriculture in Montana.

Are you a college student who is vested in organic agriculture? Are you doing research on topics relevant to organic farming, food, business, or the environment? Share your work with MOA! We welcome poster displays accompanied by brief descriptions of your work. Apply for the opportunity to present your work and build your cv here.

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