Organic Matters Fall 2020

Organic Matters Fall 2020 - Conference Preview

Fall work is winding down, the elections results are getting closer, and its time to start thinking about the MOA Conference! Like with everything in 2020, the MOA conference will be Conference Committee had to adjust. Who knew that "Zoom" would describe how we would be meeting for our annual event? While not ideal, it is a way to keep us all healthy. MOA has tried to adjust to make it a good experience for everyone, using the tools we have available.

You will find all the details in the latest edition of Organic Matters Fall 2020. The schedule may be tweaked here and there. In order to stay up-to-date with the latest news, please be sure to register for the conference. There are NO CHARGES this year!

It is time to RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP. You can do that online or use the forms on pages 47 - 49 in the newsletter.

The MOA Board and Policy Subcommittee also ask that you vote for both the board members (Becky Weed, Sam Schmidt, and John Porterfield) and weigh in on the policy proposals submitted to the membership.

1. MOA Election Ballot
2. Policy Proposal Ballot

MOA Organic Matters Fall 2020
Quick News:
  • MOA has two virtual conference sessions next week - a cooking Demo with Sarah Manuel on Wednesday, November 11 at 7 pm and a workshop on organic certification for orchards and fruit on Thursday, November 12 at Noon. REGISTER for FREE  to attend these events! And check out the MOA Organic Matters Fall 2020Newsletter for the entire schedule.
  • AERO is hosting its EXPO Beginning Sunday, December 6, 2020 after the MOA Conference. Stay tuned and visit the AERO website for the latest news.
  • Nate Powell-Palm has been elected Vice Chair of the National Organic Standards Board. (Congratulations, Nate!
  • Montana Farmers Union is planning to start a livestock harvesting cooperative and help MSU Northern start a meat processors curriculum. MFU is looking for producers and butchers to join the cooperative and to be on the managing board.  MFU is also looking for members for an advisory committee to help MSU Northern develop the curriculum. Contact Walter Schweitzer
  • The Organic Trade Association is requesting feedback from farmers for two initiatives: (1) Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards and (2) Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the organic community. Visit Request for Farmer Feedback on OTA Initiatives
Hope to see you on Zoom!!!


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