Missouri Organic Association’s Annual Conference

The Missouri Organic Association(aka MOA) held its annual conference and trade show this past weekend at the University Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield. The conference drew a large crowd of people who were interested in all things organic and sustainable agriculture.

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The whole event consisted of hands on workshops and an organic expo area with vendors and educational booths. The fifty educational sessions took place between Thursday-Saturday and were hosted by some of the most prominent individuals in their particular fields. Many shared their excitement online via social media prior and during the event.

The special events kicked off on Thursday with a full day workshop with Dr. Don M. Huber, a professor from Purdue University.  Dr. Huber spoke about the correlation of GMOs and glysophates and how that affects our food. The day also held a performance by Keith Cross, an “ask the experts” panel, and a “meet the farmers” tasting event.

The rest of the event was also filled with hands on workshops about sustainability, soil fertility, and a livestock symposium. Friday evening ended with a wine tasting, dinner, and benefit auction. Saturday’s big event was the keynote speaker, Mark Winne, who presented a workshop about the work being done in the Springfield area to establish a ready supply of sustainable and organic foods.

Overall, the weekend seemed to be a great success by all those involved.