The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) will host the 19th annual Organic Farming Conference (UMOFC) at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Feb. 21-23.
This event has grown into the largest organic farming conference in the country.
The Organic Farming Conference is a unique, farmer-centered conference with more than 2,300 participants attending from across the nation. The conference provides more than 60 workshops with topics including: specialty crops, marketing issues, crop production, animal husbandry, soil management and organic certification. The exhibit hall provides great networking opportunities and features more than 130 exhibitors focused on organic agriculture.
Food at the conference is organic and locally-produced whenever possible. Childcare is available for children age 2 and older. A variety of activities for all ages are offered each year.
For the first time in 2008, the conference will include the Organic Research Symposium, bringing important research relevant to organic systems to those who will be able to use it in their fields, barns, labs and classrooms. During several sessions researchers, including farmer researchers, will present their findings.
These will be followed by small group discussions, allowing participants to ask each researcher specific follow-up questions or offer suggestions on future research.
On the day prior to the conference, graduate students and researchers will gather to discuss current and future projects. Research results will also be offered through symposium proceedings and posters, allowing participants to learn more at their leisure. Also on Thursday, Feb. 21, MOSES hosts the Organic University. This pre-conference event offers intensive day-long sessions on specific topics in organic agriculture.
The conference will officially commence with a keynote presentation on Thursday night: “Where will the next generation of organic farmers and researchers come from?”
The Organic Farming Conference and the Organic University are projects of MOSES. The Midwest Organic Research Symposium is co-presented by MOSES and the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF).