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Friday, December 6 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Organic seed: Understanding Market Opportunities in Montana

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The lack of organic seed is recognized as a weak link in organic production and has resulted in ongoing exemptions to the National Organic Program’s organic seed requirement. Many organic farmers are interested in growing seed on their farm but don’t know how to get started. This session is for growers who already produce seed on their farm and want to scale up, as well as those growers who are just beginning to explore seed production. Organic Seed Alliance is working directly with organic seed growers in Montana, an agricultural economist, and national seed companies to develop enterprise budgets for farmers interested in growing seed as a commercial crop (either direct or contract sales). This session will provide information, and answer questions, about the economics of growing seed, including understanding how to choose profitable seed crops for your farm, how to manage risk, and how to participate in a growing network of seed growers in Montana who are sharing equipment and variety trial data.

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Micaela Colley

Program Director, Organic Seed Alliance
Micaela Colley leads OSA’s research and education programs focused on organic seed production and organic plant breeding. She is the author of several publications. Micaela frequently teaches and speaks on organic seed topics and collaborates on research projects nationally. Micaela... Read More →
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Winston Oakley

Research Economist, Highland Economics
I conduct economics research and analysis for Highland Economics, a consulting company specializing in environmental and natural resource economics. We often work on issues dealing with the value of agriculture, water, economic development, and ecosystem services. I personally specialize... Read More →

Judy Owsowitz

Owner, Terrapin Farms
MOA Board Member


Heather Estrada

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

Friday December 6, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am MST
Frontier Room

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