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Friday, December 6 • 11:30am - 12:20pm
Organic Standards and Pesticide Residues: What Does the Future Hold?

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Agriculture largely occurs in an open environment where various types of production systems exist and impact one another. This open environment includes producers who are not only nearby, but also potentially much farther away from one another (as with the long-distance transport of pesticides, for instance). Organic producers are acutely aware of this reality. For instance, others’ use of agrichemicals has led to crop damage from pesticide drift or accidental aerial application onto organic fields. Recently, unavoidable contamination of organic grains at very low levels has threatened markets. Specifically, residues of glyphosate have exceeded a standard for organic products (10 ppb) in Italy and France. The dynamics of exactly how this low-level contamination is occurring (even in isolated fields) is under investigation, and concerns about the cost and reliability of laboratory testing further complicate the situation. In essence, some EU member states have added a kind of “product” standard for organic. Similarly, at least two new “glyphosate-free” certification programs are operating. Of course, organic certification has traditionally been a “process” standard with regulations that govern how a product is grown, harvested, and prepared.

This panel will explore how this situation impacts the organic industry and how it should respond.

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Jim Barngrover

Procurement & Grower Liaison, Founding Farmer, Timeless Food
Timeless co-founder Jim identifies new growers, provides management information, balances production with inventory needs, and stays in regular contact with the Timeless grower base.Jim has over four decades of experience in organic gardening and farming and marketing locally grown... Read More →
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Neva Hassanein

Professor, Environmental Studies - University of Montana
In 2000, I joined the UM Environmental Studies Program in large part because of its long-held commitment to engaged, interdisciplinary scholarship and to civic participation in environmental affairs. I brought with me a professional and academic background that reflects my fundamental... Read More →
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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 →
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Bob Quinn

President-Founder, Kamut International
Bob Quinn started Montana Flour & Grains in 1983 to sell his own grain directly to whole grain bakeries. The business soon expanded beyond his own farm and became a viable market opportunity for many other farmers. In 1984, he started selling organic grain. In 1986, Bob planted his... Read More →

Margaret Scoles

Executive Director, International Organic Inspectors Association


Heather Estrada

Associate Professor and Agriculture Program Director, Flathead Valley Community College
MOA Board - Executive Committee, Treasurer

Friday December 6, 2019 11:30am - 12:20pm MST