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Nation's Largest Organic Farming Conference Continues to Grow


Tue, Mar 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The nation's largest organic farming conference, hosted by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) had approximately 2,700 organic farmers and agriculture professionals attend this year's Organic Farming Conference (OFC) from all over the United States, as well as Armenia, Thailand, Austria, Canada, South Korea and Germany.



Held in La Crosse, Wis., Feb. 25-27, the OFC featured a record 65 organic farming workshops and 150 exhibitors. "We're pleased this conference continues to grow in size and scope of subjects addressed," said MOSES Executive Director Faye Jones.



"As always, attendee feedback will be carefully analyzed and considered as we plan for the next year's event," said Jones.



Some additional highlights from the conference include:



· MOSES Farmer of the Year Award - Presented Thursday night to John, Jane and Janaki Fisher-Merritt, who own and operate Food Farm, an organic vegetable farm near Wrenshall, MN.



· Updated USDA Organic Pasture Rules were released February 17th so understanding the rules and how they affect new and veteran organic farmers was a popular discussion topic throughout the conference. Jim Riddle explained some of the main changes at the press conference on Friday afternoon.



· Keynote presenters on Friday and Saturday at the general session were Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director of the Center of Rural Affairs and Dr. Margaret Mellon director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.





The OFC continues to be one of the primary sources of organic farmer networking, training and resource services in the upper Midwest.



Visit the MOSES website at www.mosesorganic.org for more information about upcoming events and next year's conference, February 24 - 26 in La Crosse, WI




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Remember the trees

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Whether we live in town, on a farm, or in the backwoods, everyone should be concerned about the welfare of our trees. We may be inclined to take our trees for granted. Trees are major contributors to our quality of life. Our trees combat global warm ..... 
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USDA Rural Development Awards Over $418 Million Throughout Minnesota in Recovery Act's 1st Year

Thu, Feb 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

St. Paul, Minn. - Since being signed into law by President Obama in February 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has made a major impact throughout rural Minnesota. Over $418 million in loans and grants have been awarded to improv ..... 
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Manure value workshop doubleheader

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A pair of Manure Value workshops have been scheduled for Tuesday, January 26th, one in Preston and one in Caledonia. The morning session will take place from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in Room 108, County Office Building, Preston. The afternoon session wil ..... 
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Climate change and Minnesota's woods

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Southeastern Minnesota's forested landscapes provide home to wildlife, income for landowners, clean water, and a beautiful scenic backdrop. However, the future health of these forests depends on care and wise management. If you own or spend time in ..... 
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Remember the trees!

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Whether we live in town, on a farm, or in the backwoods, everyone should be concerned about the welfare of our trees. We may be inclined to take our trees for granted. Trees are major contributors to our quality of life. Our trees combat global warm ..... 
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Wet spring, corn residue affect spring nutrient management

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The agriculturally troubled fall of 2009 may be over, but here comes the sequel-a potentially wet spring. Due to the late corn harvest, many fields have yet to be tilled, and they have large amounts of residue remaining on the surface.

Norm ..... 
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Featherstone Farm: fifteen years of growth

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes, representing Fillmore, Houston and Winona Counties, traveled with Senator Patricia Torres Ray, whose district is in Minneapolis, to a few southeast Minnesota farms on February 13. Among the farms they visited was Feath ..... 
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Young Producer committee members elected during YP summit

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Two open positions were filled on the Accelerated Genetics Young Producer Committee by Charlie Knigge, Omro, Wis., and Ben and Elle Tibor, Minnesota City, Minn. Tim Bowers, Marion, Wis., was re-elected for his second term on the committee. This year ..... 
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