Registration discount ends Friday for state Organic Conference

ST. PAUL — Don’t miss the chance to get a reduced registration rate for the 2013 Minnesota Organic Conference. Early registrations must be postmarked by Friday to qualify for the discounted rate.

The conference is Jan. 11 and 12 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. This event offers a wealth of information and valuable connections for organic growers, those considering organic, including beginning farmers, and those just interested in learning more about organic production techniques.

With keynote talks by University of Minnesota Extension Climatologist Mark Seeley and organic pioneer Jim Riddle — along with 36 separate sessions on soil biology, weed management approaches, alternative crops, hoop house production, animal health, marketing and finances, organic standards and recordkeeping — this conference has a lot to offer crop, livestock and vegetable farmers alike.

It’s a great networking opportunity, and first-time attendees are always made to feel welcome. Enjoy snacks and meals prepared with organic and locally grown foods specially sourced from Minnesota and neighboring states. Have fun wandering around the 80-vendor trade show.

Early bird registration saves $25 off the cost of attending the full conference, and there are discounts for additional people from the same operation. No discounts apply for single-day registrations. The conference program and registration materials are at www.mda.state.mn.us/organic, or call 651-201-6012.

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