Thursday, January 8, 2009

Missouri Organic Association 2009 Conference

Missouri Organic Association 2009 Conference
“Organic Opportunities for Rookies and Veterans”
Saturday, February 21, 2009Lincoln University’s Carver Farm
Jefferson City, MO

Track: Experienced and Veteran Farmers (50 minutes each)
8:30 am Room A
Organic Dairying, Scott Poock, DVM, PhD, MU State Veterinary Medicine Extension Specialist

9:30 am Room A
Raw Milk & Raw Cheese Marketing Regulations, Rachel Bax, Missouri Milk Board

Room C
Organic corn and soybeans, Joel Gruver, PhD, Western Illinois University

10:30 am Break

10:45 am Room A
Improving Soil Fertility, Joel Gruver, PhD, Western Illinois UniversityTrack: Prospective and Beginning Farmers Track (25 minutes each)

All in Room B
8:30 am Programs for Prospective and Beginning Farmers, Lane McConnell, Marketing Specialist, MO Department of Agriculture

9:00 am Grow Your Farm, Dean Wilson, MU Extension, Jefferson County

9:30 am Small Farmers’ Outreach Program, K. B. Paul, PhD, Lincoln University

10:00 am Growing Growers and Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture (KCCUA), Katherine Kelly, Executive Director

10:30 am Break and Networking Time

10:45 am EarthDance Organic Farming Apprenticeship Program, Molly Rockamann, EarthDance, Ferguson, MO

11:15 am Organic Certification, Sue Baird

Joint Sessions
11:45 am MOA Business Meeting

12:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Marketing Opportunities (7 minutes each)
A. Grains and feed ingredients - Nancy Birch, All Star Trading, Perry, MO
B. Farm-to-School and Farm-to-Childcare, Randy Wood, Missouri Farmers Union
C. Coops, Walt Gregory, Midwest Organic Farmers Coop, Dow, IL
D. Farmers’ markets, Lane McConnell, Marketing Specialist, MDA
E. Whole Foods, Krista Durlas, St. Louis
F. Whole Foods, Kansas City
G. St. Louis University, Michael Milster, Manager, Fresh Gatherings Café

2:15 pm Break and Networking Time

2:45 pm Room A - Vegetable Grafting, Sanjun Gu, PhD, Lincoln University, State Horticulture Specialist

2:45 pm Room B - Improving Compacted and Waterlogged Soils, Bob Kremer, PhD, USDA Agricultural Research Services

3:45 pm Adjourn

$20/person with $10 extra for lunch$30/couple with $20 extra for lunch$15 for student/scholarship includes lunch

Trade Show
$50 per booth which includes an 8 foot table and two chairs. Electricity available upon request prior to the conference.

MOA members receive a 20% discount on a booth. Registration will be available online soon at

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