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Minnesota Organic Conference registration open

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has opened registration for the 2015 Minnesota Organic Conference. This farmer-focused event and associated trade show is being held January 9-10 in St. Cloud.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has opened registration for the 2015 Minnesota Organic Conference. This farmer-focused event and associated trade show is being held January 9-10 in St. Cloud.
“This conference helps beginners learn what’s required to raise organic crops and livestock,” said conference co-organizer Meg Moynihan. “It helps experienced farmers get better at what they already do and make connections benefiting themselves and their farming operations.”
Attendees can choose from more than 36 educational sessions. Topics include soil quality and fertility, weed management, marketing, livestock health, organic certification requirements, energy conservation, and forage and grazing management.
Presenters include experienced organic farmers, as well as university researchers, agency and nonprofit staff.
Two nationally-known speakers will keynote the event. Ken Cook, co-founder and president of the Environmental Working Group will speak Friday. David Montgomery, author of the award-winning book Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, will speak Saturday.
The conference trade show features 80 vendors, including organic fertilizer, seed, feed, and equipment dealers, crop and livestock buyers, organic certifying agencies, marketing organizations, farmer organizations, and more.
The conference cost is $150. A $25 discount will apply to early bird registrations received by December 26. There are other discounts for additional registrants and students, as well as a single-day rate.

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