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The Montana Organic Association to host annual conference on Dec. 7-9

From Montana Organic Association

KALISPELL — The Montana Organic Association (MOA) is gathering its members and inviting the public to join them in celebrating the organic movement that came about thirty years ago. Montana now ranks first among states in the production of certified organic wheat and ranks second in organic production of all grains, peas, lentils and flax.

Organic Resiliency in a Changing World is the theme of the 15th Annual Conference of the Association in Great Falls. It 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.

The conference keynote address will be given by 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. More than forty speakers over the three-day conference will also include Dr. Jennifer Swanson, University of Providence (formerly called University of Great Falls); Dr. Pat Carr from the Agricultural Department of Montana State University, Dr. Bruce Maxwell, Professor of Agroecology and Co-Director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems; and Dr. Bob Quinn of Kamut International.

Area farm and facility tours are a staple of MOA conferences and this year participants will tour Prairie Heritage Farm, Wilcox Farms, and Timeless Seeds. Thursday, December 7 at 7 p.m., two films will be screened: “Unbroken Ground” by Patagonia Provisions, and “Bringing it Home,” a film about industrial hemp.  There will be live and silent auctions, entertainment provided by Jim Sargent, and networking opportunities with other organics professionals. Chandee Bomgardner will provide meals using locally sourced, organic ingredients, so the food is guaranteed to be amazing.

For more conference information, visit the MOA website at or call Susan Waters at (406) 274-4869.

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