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Virtual Conference on Organic Farming Slated for Feb. 2021
USAgNet - 12/03/2020

A small group of organizations are pooling their resources together to present a six-day virtual conference offering the latest information on organic and sustainable farming. The Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference will be held online February 22-27, 2021.

Coordinators say the program will take the place of five traditional in-person events, which are all being called off because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They include the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference, GrassWorks Grazing Conference, Midwest Organic Pork Conference, OGRAIN Organic Grain Conference, and the FairShare CSA Coalition-University of Wisconsin's Organic Vegetable Production Conference.

"With many in-person events canceled due to COVID-19, it is more important than ever for farmers to have ways to come together as a community, share experiences, and offer support," said Erin Silva from the UW-Madison and head of the Organic Grain Resource and Information Network (OGRAIN). "While the organic market remains strong, there is no doubt that farmers are facing challenges going into 2021, ranging from direct market channels changing due to issues related to COVID-19, to corn prices hitting the lowest they have been in recent years."

Keynotes include former Vice President Al Gore, organic pioneer Eliot Coleman, and other prominent names in the organic movement.

The forum will also include more than 60 workshops on specific production practices, business management topics, and broader issues facing the organic and sustainable farming community. The event will also feature many opportunities for farmers, agriculture professionals, and service providers to connect through roundtables, meetings, and socials.

Meanwhile, a trade show component of the conference will give participants the chance to connect with industry suppliers and buyers, as well as organic certifiers, agency representatives, consultants and more.

Admission to the conference is $125, with a $25 early-bird discount offered through December. For more information, go to: bit.ly/GrowingStronger2021


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