MOA Annual 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.

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 in December.

The Call for Speakers is now open.
The Call for Student Posters is open with submissions due by November 1, 2020.

MOA welcomes proposals for speaking at the conference. Speaker presentations typically are 30 - 40 minutes with 10 - 15 minutes for questions. The MOA Conference Committee will review proposals for educational, balanced, and compelling topics. Speaking slots are competitive. Please contact Jamie Lockman for more information.

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.

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

Sponsors and advertisers are the key to a successful MOA conference. Please thank and support them!

MOA has organic t-shirts and organic caps available for purchase and pick up at the MOA Conference. Your purchase helps support MOA!

  • If you are interested in supplying the MOA conference with your delicious organic food, please let us know!
  • In addition to the great speakers, unparalleled networking opportunities, and a relaxed and fun backdrop, one of the best things about the conference is outstanding organic food and beverages. This year's conference will once again be catered by Chandee Bomgardner with Bomgardner Catering, Loma, MT.  Please follow the link to see a list of MOA's organic suppliers and find a form to become a supplier here.

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 a 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 also includes the MOA business meeting with board elections 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. Get involved 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

Venues

University of Providence
1301 20th Street South, Great Falls, Montana 59405

Meadow Lark Country Club
300 Country Club Blvd. Great Falls, Montana 59405

Hotels

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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