Workshop Session: Saturday I
Since the USDA halted a mandatory organic check-off to fund research and promotion of organic, members of the organic sector are looking at a voluntary check-off program called GRO Organic. Learn about this option and hear different perspectives on the need for organic research, promotion, and consumer education. Weigh in with your own “big idea” to advance organic.
Lauren Langworthy is the executive director of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).
Adam Warthesen manages government relations for Organic Valley, an independent cooperative of organic farmers based in Wisconsin.
Francis Thicke, an organic dairy farmer from Iowa and the 2012 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year, is on the Real Organic Project Executive Board.
Alice Runde is coalition manager of the National Organic Coalition.
David Vetter of Grain Place Foods, the 2011 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year, participated in the pilot of Rodale’s Regenerative Organic Certification.