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Annual Organic Conference: Bringing People Together

GRAPHIC:  Organic Farming Conference Logo, courtesy of MOSES
GRAPHIC: Organic Farming Conference Logo, courtesy of MOSES
January 14, 2013

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The largest event of its kind in the Midwest, the 24th annual Organic Farming Conference, will take place at the La Crosse Center Feb. 21-23. Faye Jones, executive director of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), which puts on the event, expects another huge crowd.

"Over 3,000 people will be attending the event, and all of these people are farmers or those directly involved with organic and sustainable ag production."

The conference brochure and registration form are available online at, and there's a discount for registering before Jan. 16.

Jones says it's hard work putting on the conference, but there's a huge reward.

"Farming can be isolating and lonely. You're off, you're working hard, you're sweating, you're not seeing the consumer smile all that much when you're out there in the field; you're seeing the hard work. So for me, it's seeing people rejuvenate themselves and getting ready to go out and work hard all year."

The great organic food served at the event is always a highlight, she adds, along with the educational seminars and more than 170 exhibitors.

This year's conference emphasizes the new organic farmer, she says, "people who are new to organic farming, whether they've been conventional farmers switching over, whether they're young people, or whether they're in their 40s and are doing this as a second career."

Jones says one of the hot topics this year is sure to be GMO - Genetically Modified Organisms - and modern biotechnology. The conference is considered the foremost educational and networking event in the organic farming community. Jones says her recipe for success is simple.

"If you feed people good food and you bring them together, you've done 90 percent of your work."

More information is available at

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI