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Registration discount ends Friday for organic farming conference

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Early bird registration discount ends Friday for the Minnesota Organic Conference. Scheduled January 14-15, 2011 at the Saint Cloud Civic Center, this farmer-oriented conference is packed with 36 educational breakout sessions, three keynote speakers and a large trade show.

Early registration is $100 for the two day conference and $70 for those who want to attend just one day. There are further discounts for additional people from the same farming operation. After December 17, the price increases to $125 for the full conference and $90 for a single day. The conference price includes breakfast, lunch and snacks -- all prepared with organic ingredients specially sourced for the event. The conference program and registration form are available at the MDA web site or by calling 651-201-6012.

Organic agriculture is governed by a comprehensive set of federal regulations that prohibit the use of genetically modified seeds, antibiotics and hormones. The regulations also prohibit the use of most synthetic pesticides and herbicides, and require practices that conserve soil and water and promote animal welfare. More than 650 Minnesota organic farms raise grains, oilseeds, dairy, beef, poultry, fruits, and vegetables.