A Conference in The Center of the Organic Universe

| 5/8/2018 5:25:00 PM

Tags: organic farming, Toby Grotz, Wisconsin,

MOSES, the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, holds its annual conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin every year in February on the banks of the Mississippi River at the La Crosse Center.  Put this event on your calendar and your bucket list now.  Save the date for MOSES 2019, Feb, 21-23 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  The conference has an array of speakers and subject matter that unequalled in my experience attending conferences from the straight world of industry to the reincarnated new age conferences featuring what they now call the “thought leaders”.  This is all done in the most unpretentious and down home manner that is an ingrained attribute of the Midwestern and great plains heritage so well described by Garrison Keillor in his Lake Wobegon stories that were part of his Prairie Home Companion.  Conference audio recordings can be seen here.  Keynote videos can be seen here.

Arena Floor

The exhibit floor was in the arena at Lacrosse Center with more vendors and information than can possibly be absorbed in three days. 

 Conference Presentations 

The first lecture I attended was probably one of the most important for the future of farming in this country.  The Farmer’s Guide To Winning The Farm Bill, presented by the National Young Farmers Coalition was an overview of the Farm Bill, the programs that will impact young, small-scale, and organic producers, and how young farmers can have a voice shaping agricultural policy.  

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The 2018 bill maintains important provisions for beginning farmers, such as the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, but it would phase out programs that are critical to young farmers, compromise farmland conservation, and hurt the consumer safety net. The next step in the farm bill process is the agriculture committee markup.  The National Young Farmers Coalition is urging farmers to raise their voices and tell Republicans and Democrats what amendments and fixes are needed to get this bill into shape. More information can be found here.  The future of American agriculture depends on young farmers because the average age of a farmer is 58 and by 2030 one-quarter of the nation’s farmers will retire.

Audrey at MOSES Organic
5/9/2018 8:48:27 AM

Thanks for sharing details about the MOSES Organic Farming Conference! We're proud to host this community-driven event. We'll be celebrating its 30th anniversary Feb. 21-23, 2019 in La Crosse, Wis. Send us your suggestions for keynotes: info@mosesorganic.org.

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