Some of you may remember learning about new and emerging markets at our seminar last month. The excitement was almost tangible as various buyers, including Clarkson Grain and Organic Valley, discussed how the demand for organic grains is here to stay.
That excitement continues to grow, as we head off to the biggest organic event we attend all year, the MOSES Organic Farming Conference in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where we’ll hear more from Clarkson Grain and Organic Valley Friday and Saturday.
If you recall, Clarkson Grain is an Illinois-based grain, oilseed, and ingredient supplier to the food manufacturing and animal feed industries, while Organic Valley is a mission-driven cooperative, owned by family farmers, who have been leaders in organic agriculture since 1988. Representatives from both will present 3 of the 65 workshops at MOSES.
Lynn Clarkson, of Clarkson Grain, will share market alternatives for farmers in transition to organic certification, the politics and reality of a “transition” label, the risks and rewards of contracts, market synergy, and competition with foreign suppliers during Marketing Transition Grains, Oilseeds, & Forages. During another session, Looking for the “co” in Coexistence, he’ll also address contending perspectives in GMO contamination, and recommend ways to prevent that contamination, from new regulations to changes in plant breeding, and insurance.
Mark Kopecky, of Organic Valley, will share about soil test options and how to interpret results during Soil Testing 101. He’ll show simple ways to apply soil test information to your farm to improve your soil for good yields and quality crops. He’ll also discuss ways to improve your soils without breaking the bank, including amendments that may give you the best return on your investment.
The stellar speaker line-up also includes a couple long-time AER customers and some university researchers we respect and appreciate, in addition to several roundtable discussions, 170+ vendors, and complimentary organic meals & snacks.
Have you been to MOSES? If so, what’s your favorite part? Be sure to visit us at the trade show in booth 204! We’ll be there through Saturday!