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Monday, November 29
 

12:00pm MST

Feeding the Crop: Effective Organic Fertility Management Practices & Need for Technical Advice
Providing adequate nutrition to an organic crop is top of mind for any farmer. In this session, we will discuss tried and true practices for providing ample fertility to field crops. From crop rotation, to cover crops, we’ll even touch on compost. We will also introduce OATS - the Organic Agronomy Training Service - a new program that trains agronomists, advisors, and technical consultants in organic production, so that farmers can access much needed support.

OATS, the Organic Agronomy Training Service, is a collaboratively-managed training program for agricultural professionals working with organic or transitioning farmers in the United States. This hybrid virtual/in-person training will be offered in Montana in 2022.

Session Sponsored by Montana Gluten Free - https://www.montanaglutenfree.com

Nutrient Management CEUs: 1
Professional Development CEUs: 0.5

CCA Credits Available - Contact Gary Iverson for more information. giverson@montanaglutenfree.com

Speakers
avatar for Mallory Krieger

Mallory Krieger

Founder & Principal, Terra Elossa LLC
Mallory is committed to driving environmental change in the agriculture industry. She partners with organizations throughout the country to develop and facilitate educational events, networking opportunities, and access to technical assistance for regeneratively-minded farmers. Mallory... Read More →
avatar for Nate Powell-Palm

Nate Powell-Palm

Farmer/Rancher and Organic Inspector, Cold Springs Ranch
Nate Powell-Palm first landed in the world of organics in 2008 when he applied for and received organic certification from the Montana Dept of Agriculture. He currently farms certified organic grains, forages, pulse crops and oil seeds on 1075 acres. A diversified operation, Powell-Palm... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Gary Iverson

Gary Iverson

MOA Board Member - Executive Committee, At-large


Monday November 29, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual
  CCA Credits Available
  • Sponsor Montana Gluten Free
 
Tuesday, November 30
 

12:00pm MST

Nutrient Management on Organic Grain Farms
Dr. Jones will describe organic nutrient management challenges, as well as specific soil fertility research results from Montana and the region.

Nutrient Management CEUs: 1

CCA Credits Available - Contact Gary Iverson for more information. giverson@montanaglutenfree.com

Speakers
avatar for Clain Jones

Clain Jones

Soil Fertility Extension Specialist, MSU Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Moderators
avatar for Gary Iverson

Gary Iverson

MOA Board Member - Executive Committee, At-large
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Ole Norgaard

Owner, North Frontier Farms, Inc.


Tuesday November 30, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual
 
Wednesday, December 1
 

8:00am MST

Grasshopper and Drought Updates
CCA Credits Available - Contact Gary Iverson for more information. giverson@montanaglutenfree.com

Montana endured an extraordinary year of extreme drought, extreme temperatures, grasshoppers, smoke, and fire. Join this session to learn the latest news on grasshoppers from Gary Adams, State Plant Health Director, Montana, USDA - APHIS and the latest news on Montana's Drought Management Plan from Michael Downey, Water Planning Section Supervisor, Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation.

Rangeland Grasshopper Presentation.
  • Species identification.
  • Survey and density assessment methodology.
  • Suppression options (including USDA program).
  • 2021 actions and 2022 outlook.
  • Environmental consideration.

Mixed Signals – Evaluating Drought Conditions in Montana
  • Brief summary of the 2021 drought and antecedent conditions leading to it.
  • The 2021 drought in context of some other recent droughts.
  • Drought indicators used to evaluate conditions in Montana
  • Drought Information – Where to find the most accurate and up to date info
  • Drought reporting – How you can help
  • Updating Montana’s Drought Management Plan.

Integrated Pest Management CEUs: 1

CCA Credits Available: Contact Gary Iverson at giverson@montanaglutenfree.com

Speakers
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Gary Adams

State Plant Health Director, USDA: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Gary Adams was born and raised in Montana and a graduate of Montana State University with a degree in Agronomy. Gary has worked for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (or APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ). Gary is currently the State Plant Health Director... Read More →


Wednesday December 1, 2021 8:00am - 9:30am MST
Virtual

12:00pm MST

Bioherbicides for Montana and Elsewhere
Organic growers have contended with weed problems by use of cover crops, tilling, and other management practices . Nonetheless, certain weeds are very difficult to control, be it for an organic farmer or a traditional farmer. Over more decades than I like to admit, our group has finally found out why most plant diseases may attack weeds, but few plant diseases do the job of adequate weed control. We found that plant diseases generally kill at the 20-40% level , leaving the majority of a weed patch for next year. However, weeds have a weakness. We found a way to select for weed pathogens that excrete amino acids and these selected strains have a real damaging effect on the weed population. We first found this out with hound's tongue weed and then shifted to Striga (toothpickproject.org) in Africa. There, we by using this virulence enhancement technology, were able to deliver a registered and commercially available bioherbicide to kill Striga (their worst weed). This bioherbicide, chemical free approach has taken off now to other countries where Striga (witchweed) is also a limiting factor for subsistence farmers. Now with support from a group of organic farmers (OAEC) and the Montana Department of Agriculture SCBG (USDA) and Montana State University (in a grant with 2 years to go), we are in the process of developing bioherbicides for Canada Thistle and Field Bindweed. We have some effective strains of fungi (greenhouse tested) and are proceeding with enhancing their virulence for next year's field season. This work is being done in our lab by Elizabeth D'Imperio and Dr. Suha Elhag (a postdoc from Sudan). We will also present our work on improving the nutritional value of crops grown in Montana and other work that may be of interest to organic farmers.

Integrated Pest Management CEUs: 1
Professional Development CEUs: 0.5

CCA Credits Available - Contact Gary Iverson for more information. giverson@montanaglutenfree.com

Speakers
avatar for David Sands PhD

David Sands PhD

Professor of Plant Pathology, MSU - Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology
Dave Sands, in an alternate reality where plant cells are computers and he is a plant hacker, took five decades to crack the code using fungi, with the goal of killing weeds and replacing chemical herbicides. He is a disruptive innovator, avid reader, teacher/mentor, napkin poet... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Gary Iverson

Gary Iverson

MOA Board Member - Executive Committee, At-large
ON

Ole Norgaard

Owner, North Frontier Farms, Inc.


Wednesday December 1, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual
 
Thursday, December 2
 

12:00pm MST

CREEP Stop Updates
This session will discuss a USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) Project funded to explore integrated weed management of Canada thistle and field bindweed on organic farms in Montana. Results of one study on control of field bindweed, and an on ongoing project focused primarily on Canada thistle, will be presented. The focus of the session will range from how cropping practices, including integrated crop-livestock systems, affect growth of both creeping perennial weeds. We are hoping to share some preliminary economics of the various managment strategies. The session will conclude with panelists answering questions you have about the project or about anything related to Canada thistle and field bindweed management. We need to hear from you about the project and are hoping that you can attend!

Integrated Pest Management CEUs: 1
Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

CCA Credits Available - Contact Gary Iverson for more information. giverson@montanaglutenfree.com

Speakers
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Kate Fuller Binzen

Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist, Montana State University
avatar for Patrick Carr

Patrick Carr

Superintendent/Associate Professor of Cropping Systems, Central Agriculture Research Center - MSU
Superintendent and Associate Professor, Ph.D.Ph.D. 1989, Crop and Soil Science, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. M.S. 1986, Technology and Human Affairs, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. 1984 M.S. 1984, Natural Resources, Ball State University, Muncie, IN. B.S. 1982, Biology... Read More →
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Irene Grimberg

Deputy Regional Coordinator, Montana State University
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Zach Miller

Assistant Professor/Superintendent, MSU- Western Ag Research Center
avatar for Tim Seipel

Tim Seipel

Assistant Research Professor, Cropland Weed Extension Specialist, Montana State University, Dept Land Resources and Environmental Science
I am a plant and agricultural ecologist who work on weed management in organic cropping systems. I am also the cropland weed extension specialist at Montana State University.

Moderators
avatar for Gary Iverson

Gary Iverson

MOA Board Member - Executive Committee, At-large
ON

Ole Norgaard

Owner, North Frontier Farms, Inc.


Thursday December 2, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual
 
Friday, December 3
 

12:00pm MST

Does organic farming have anything to gain from precision agriculture
Adaptive management that relies on keen observations and adjustments of agricultural practices to spatial and temporal variability is fundamental to farming without synthetic inputs. Bringing science to management under organic constraints where ecologically complex interactions occur has historically been difficult because it required a long history of farmer observations reliant on a trial and error paradigm of discovery. The only effective organic farmer would be one with a long history of trying different practices on the same landscape and observing the response. Perhaps the situation has changed with the massive amount of data (observations) that can be brought to understanding agroecosystems, the ability to efficiently conduct experiments and to rapidly gain insights specific to each field seems to give us an enormous boost to apply a science based adaptive management paradigm. However, from the current vantage point, precision agriculture which applies technology to achieve adaptive management, looks like the logical endpoint of industrial agriculture where knowledgeable humans are taken off the food production assembly line. How do we take advantage of the new ability to gain rapid insights, but not lose the farmer, rural communities and life in the process?

Integrated Pest Management CEUs: 0.5
Crop Management CEUs: 1
CCA Credits Available - Contact Gary Iverson for more information. giverson@montanaglutenfree.com


Speakers
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Hannah Duff

Graduate Student, MSU - Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
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Sasha Loewen

PhD student, Land Resources and Environmental Science - MSU
The use of on-farm precision experimentation (OFPE) to improve management practices in organic grain farming.
avatar for Bruce Maxwell

Bruce Maxwell

Co-Director Montana Institute on Ecosystems, Montana State University
Ph.D. Forest Ecology and Crop Science.1990, Oregon State University; M.S. Agronomy/Weed Science,1984, Montana State University, 1978-79 Peace Corps Micronesia, B.S. Botany, 1977, Montana State University. Research and teaching specialization in applied plant ecology including agroecology... Read More →

Moderators
avatar for Gary Iverson

Gary Iverson

MOA Board Member - Executive Committee, At-large
ON

Ole Norgaard

Owner, North Frontier Farms, Inc.


Friday December 3, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm MST
Virtual