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Spring Valley - Advance registration at reduced rates ends Feb. 9 for the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the country’s largest educational event about organic and sustainable farming. The MOSES Conference takes place Feb. 23-25 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse. On-site admission will be available.

The MOSES Conference opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, with access to a two-floor exhibit hall with more than 170 exhibitors, such as crop buyers, certification agencies, seed and tool suppliers, and other organizations with products, information or services to help farmers succeed. The 2017 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year is “crowned” at the MOSES Conference KickOff at 7 p.m. that night.

On Friday and Saturday, innovative farmers, experienced educators, and farming professionals present a total of 65 workshops over six sessions. Topics cover practical information about field crops, livestock, dairy, vegetables and specialty crops, as well as soil health, farming issues, and strategies to help farmers manage and grow their business.

Keynote speakers for the 2017 MOSES Conference are Mas Masumoto and Liz Carlisle. Masumoto is a certified organic farmer and author of 11 books, including Changing Season, A Father, A Daughter, A Family Farm. Carlisle is an instructor at Stanford University and author of Lentil Underground. Keynotes take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Conference registration includes admission to the exhibit hall, workshops, organic research gallery, organic meals, and entertainment. Discount pricing on advance registration is available online at mosesorganic.org/conference through Feb. 9. On-site admission is available at the La Crosse Center Feb. 23-25. One-day admission is $160; full conference admission (Thursday evening through Saturday) is $300.

Farmers can take a deeper dive into a farming topic through an all-day Organic University course prior to the conference on Feb. 23. Courses cover ways to improve soil for higher yields, how to transition row crops or a dairy herd to organic, season extension options, beekeeping, cover crops and conservation tillage techniques, and more. Farmers can choose from 10 courses that each include a custom-made resource book. See the course descriptions at OrganicUniversity.org, and save $30 off the on-site price of $210 through Feb. 9.

Organic University and the MOSES Conference are organized by MOSES, the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, a nonprofit that promotes o­­­rganic and sustainable agriculture by providing farmers with education, resources, and practical advice.

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