The 24th annual Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Organic Farming Conference will be held February 21 – 23, 2012 at the La Crosse Center, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Faye Jones, MOSES Executive Director tells Brownfield that one of the true highlights of the event is the opportunity for farmers to network, talk to their peers and learn from one another.
The MOSES Conference is the largest gathering of organic producers and agriculture professionals in the country. In additional to national known speakers, entertainment, and locally sourced organic food, the conference features 70 workshops, running concurrently, 10 at a time.
The exhibit hall, Faye Jones tells Brownfield, is designed for farmers. “What’s nice about it,” she explains, “is that the exhibitors there only have products and services that relates to sustainable and organic agriculture so it is very focused.”
The more than 150 exhibits will range from seed to equipment, fertilizer and other products as well as educational organizations, brokers, buyers and processors.
The conference includes a special track for new and young farmers, the New Organic Stewards program, which aims to educate, inspire and empower new farmers to succeed as organic producers, and a pre-conference day-long Organic University.
Overall, Faye Jones tells Brownfield, the conference is a positive experience, putting the culture back in agriculture.
For more information on the conference, registration and lodging options, go to the MOSES website.