Growing Stronger Together: A Collaborative Conference on Organic and Sustainable Farming

The Iowa Organic Association's Midwest Organic Pork Conference is collaborating with MOSES, GrassWorks Grazing Conference, OGRAIN Organic Grain Conference, and Organic Vegetable Production Conference for "Growing Stronger Together: A Collaborative Conference on Organic and Sustainable Farming" for one virtual conference experience with more than 60 workshops and opportunities to connect through roundtables, meet-ups, and socials. The conference includes a virtual exhibit space featuring suppliers, buyers, certifiers, consultants, and more. 

Registration is now open.  The virtual conference takes place Feb. 22-27, 2021. Admission is $125, with a $25 discount through December. Scholarships for farmers are available. This team approach gives you access to expertise across a broad range of organic and sustainable farming systems without having to attend half a dozen conferences! 

The Midwest Organic Pork Conference is excited to share content from last year’s cancelled MOPC as part of the 2021 Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference.

Organic Pork Topics:

  • Workshop: Lessons Learned about Parasites in Pastured Pigs, Diane DeWitt, University of MN
  • Workshop: Becoming an Organic Processor, Ty Gustafson, Story City Locker
  • Workshop: Economics for the new and transitioning organic pork producer, Dave Stender, ISU
  • Workshop: Hazelnut Finished Pork in the Upper Midwest, Pete Lammer, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • Workshop: Profitable Production Flow for the Organic and Pasture Based Pork Producer, Jude Becker, Becker Lane Organic
  • Roundtable: The 10 Alternative Veterinary Tools, Dr. Paul Dettlof

All the details are on the Growing Stronger website: https://mosesorganic.org/conference/


MOSES ORGANIC BROADCASTER: Demand for organic pork creates opportunity for producers plus processors

By Roz Lehman. It wasn’t that long ago when livestock roamed the landscape and rural communities thrived on a local producer-to-consumer food system. We don’t see pig huts or herds of grazing cows along our Midwest highways much anymore, but change is on the horizon. The demand for organic meat is growing, and the U.S. organic livestock sector needs to boost production and infrastructure to meet that demand.

The organic market continues to provide consistent and reliable returns for organic products, and we know consumers are willing to pay higher prices for organic food. Likewise, adding livestock to a crop production system can prove profitable by diversifying income streams and utilizing farm resources for feed and land management. The on-farm environmental and regenerative benefits include improved soil and water from a range of practices such as varying crop rotations, grazing, and holistic land and manure management methods.

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