Kevin Shelley, UW NPM Program
Professionals certified through the American Society of Agronomy as Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) working in organic crop production, and those professionals interested exploring approaches to organic production, can obtain continuing education units (CEU’s) at this year’s MOSES Organic Farming Conference. The conference, conducted by the Wisconsin-based Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), will be held February 28-March 1, 2014 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI. There is also a pre-conference Organic University, February 27, which offers intensive day-long sessions on specific topics in organic agriculture. A total of 83.5 CEU’s have been applied for in the areas of Crop Management (48.5), Pest Management (16), Soil and Water (9), Nutrient Management (5.5), and Professional Development (4.5).
The conference is billed as the foremost educational and networking event in the organic farming community in the United States. In past years, more than 3200 people have attended from over 41 states and 8 countries. This year marks the 25th anniversary. The conference includes 65 workshops designed to help beginning, transitional, and experienced organic farmers. There is also an organic research forum where researchers from universities and other institutions will present results from current and ongoing studies in organic crop and livestock production. Finally, there is a trade show featuring over 170 exhibitors from resource groups, certification agencies, buyers, processors, cooperatives and suppliers in the organic industry.
For more information on the MOSES Organic Farming Conference and the Organic University, see the MOSES website at http://mosesorganic.org/conference/. Or, contact MOSES at P.O. Box 339, Spring Valley, WI 54767, Phone: 715-778-5775.