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Saturday, December 7 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Climate Change Resilience in Organic Systems

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This session brings together producers and scientists to explore through presentation and discussion how we envision organic agriculture under projected climate conditions in Montana. Each speaker will be charged with providing their perspective on the following questions:
  • What will be the greatest challenge to production in Montana, or on your place, when growing season temperatures increase by 7.5 degrees F, we increase up to 35 days over 90 degrees F and we become drier over the next 20-30 years?
  • How do you anticipate modifying crop or livestock production to adapt to these new conditions? 
  • What information will improve your ability, or the ability of producers in general, to adapt to these unprecedented conditions?

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Anton Bekkerman

Associate Professor of Economics, Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, Montana State University
I currently serve as the associate director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and an associate professor of economics at Montana State University. After receiving a B.B.A. in Business Economics in 2005 from the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola University in Maryland... Read More →
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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 →
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Fabian Menalled

WSARE Regional Coordinator, Western SARE
Fabian is a Professor in Weed Ecology and Management at Montana State University. His research and outreach activities focus on improving the sustainability of agricultural systems by developing management approaches that are based on ecological principles. Specific interests include... Read More →

Ty O'Connor

Owner, O'Connor Crops and Cattle LLC
O’Connor Crops and Cattle is a 100% organic farm and ranch. Products that are raised are: winter wheat, spring wheat, Kamut®, oats, barley, sunflowers, peas, lentils, flax, corn, alfalfa, hay and straw. We also produce organic, grass fed, GAP 4 cattle.
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Dave Prather

General Manager, Western Montana Grower's Coop
General Manager, Western Montana Growers Cooperative- going on 12 years.Talk to me about wholesale marketing and distribution in Montana, Cooperative business, challenges in growing Organic farm businesses, and your favorite recipes and cooking techniques (and basketball)

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Becky Weed

Owner, Thirteen Mile Lamb & Wool Company
MOA Board - Executive Committee, ChairOrganic Montana Board Member

Saturday December 7, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am MST

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