Organic Check-Off


MP3 download of workshop audio from MOSES 2019. PowerPoint slides from the presentation may be available on the conference website.

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.

Kathleen Delate, Ph.D., is a professor of both horticulture and agronomy at Iowa State University, where she is responsible for research, extension, and teaching in organic agriculture.

Melody Meyer was the founding director of the UNFI Foundation and served many years on the board of the Organic Trade Association.

Jim Riddle has been an organic farmer, gardener, inspector, educator, policy analyst, author, and avid organic eater for more than 30 years.  He and his wife own and operate Blue Fruit Farm in Minnesota. They are the 2019 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year.