The La Crosse Area Welcomes Nation’s Largest Organic Farming Conference

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The 26th MOSES Organic Farming Conference coming to the La Crosse Center, Feb. 26-28, 2015

The 26th MOSES Organic Farming Conference

We welcome these farmers—the conference is a great opportunity for them to see what ‘organic’ is about, and learn what it would take to make it work on their farms.

The 26th Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Organic Farming Conference, the country’s largest conference regarding organic and sustainable agriculture, comes to La Crosse this February. Nearly 3,500 people are expected to attend.

“The MOSES Conference is not only a source of networking, information and education for us, but also a source for renewed energy and enthusiasm to begin each new season,” said Sandy Dietz, an organic farmer from Altura, Minn.

About 19 percent of conference participants are certified organic farmers. Another 24 percent use organic and sustainable practices on their farms, while almost 5 percent are farmers who label their farms as conventional.

“We welcome these farmers—the conference is a great opportunity for them to see what ‘organic’ is about, and learn what it would take to make it work on their farms,” explained Faye Jones, Executive Director of MOSES.

The conference features 67 workshops over six sessions and a two-floor exhibit hall with more than 170 exhibitors. Workshops fall into a number of farming categories, such as livestock, field crops, and market farming, as well as broader categories like business and environmental issues. A track of workshops geared for beginning farmers is under the banner “New Organic Stewards.” The conference also highlights current research in organic and sustainable agriculture through a workshop track and a large poster gallery.

The keynote speaker for the 2015 MOSES Conference is John Jeavons, whose biologically intensive approach to farming is helping growers around the globe increase yields and build soil fertility while using less water.

In addition to attending the conference, farmers can take a day-long, intensive Organic University™ course for in-depth study of select topics. Descriptions of these pre-conference courses, conference workshops, and other details about the event are online at http://www.mosesorganic.org/conference, and in the free MOSES Conference App.

Conference admission also includes organic meals—breakfasts, lunches and snacks—plus film screenings and entertainment.

Registration is available online at http://www.mosesorganic.org/conference. To request a conference guide with a mail-in registration form, call 715-778-5775.

The annual MOSES Conference is a marquee event for the La Crosse, Wisconsin, community, where the organic, natural, and local food movements continue to grow. The La Crosse area boasts seven farmers markets throughout summer, fall, and winter. Coupled with the area’s stellar reputation for outdoor recreational opportunities, the burgeoning organic movement and prestige brought by such events as the MOSES conference put La Crosse on the map of eco-friendly communities.

The region is also home to Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers. This farmer-owned coop. is focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming.

The La Crosse area is rich in scenic beauty, diverse attractions, first-class hospitality, and superb meeting facilities, making it the premier destination for any event. Centrally located among the states of Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, La Crosse is the quintessential site for regional meetings along the Mississippi River. Meeting planners from all across the country choose La Crosse for its numerous restaurants, hotels, specialty shops, river boat trips, hiking and biking trails, and historic downtown all within minutes of the La Crosse Center. The La Crosse area offers the space and support you need matched with the accommodations and activities your attendees want. Meeting planners are encouraged to contact us to book their next event!

Information on La Crosse meetings and convention resources may be found at http://www.explorelacrosse.com/meeting-planners.

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