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Meta Loftsgaarden

Meta LoftsgaardenSince 1998, Meta's connections with Oregon Tilth and its members have taken various forms.  In Montana, she ran the Agricultural Marketing and Business Development Bureau. In that capacity, she assisted organic growers with grants and technical assistance to market their products both domestically and in countries like Taiwan. She was also a member of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education board. In this capacity, she reviewed and approved numerous grants that supported organic food production and sustainable farming practices.

Upon moving to Oregon, she worked on many projects that coordinated the work of her agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Oregon Tilth in support of organic farmers in the region. She worked with Tilth staff to jointly apply for WSARE funding to cross-training NRCS conservation professionals and organic certifiers.  She also helped coordinate staffing capacity in the agency's technical center to support organic producer participation in Farm Bill programs. And she worked closely with Oregon Tilth staff in her role as staff lead for the state's Technical Advisory Committee to ensure that organic interests were equally represented with those of other agricultural organizations.

In addition to her experience on the WSARE board, she also served for five years on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board prior to joining the agency's staff in 2012. From her work in her current position as well as previous roles with state and federal agencies, Meta brings extensive facilitation experience, a strong background in grant management and political expertise from her time working in the Montana Governor's office. Her work on both the marketing and the natural resource conservation aspects of organic production at the policy level aligns well with Oregon Tilth's work to develop and use sustainable growing practices that promote soil health, conserve natural resources, and prevent environmental degradation while producing a clean and healthful food supply for humanity.

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