2010 Minnesota Organic Conference
The conference provides great information on organic agriculture to excite the experienced producers, as well as newcomers to organic production.
Jan 15, 2010 12:00 AM
Jan 16, 2010 12:00 AM
|Where||St. Cloud, MN, St. Cloud Civic Center|
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The 10th Annual MN Organic Conference will be held in St. Cloud, MN on January 15th & 16th, 2010
Farmers, buyers and curious consumers are encouraged to save the date for the annual Minnesota Organic Conference. The conference will feature sessions on topics ranging from growing organic foods and enterprise planning to human nutrition.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture organizers expect 500 people to attend the event. Keynote speakers will be agricultural journalist Alan Guebert, whose “Farm and Food” opinion column is syndicated in more than 70 rural and farm publications, and Angie Tagtow, a registered dietician who helps audiences connect the dots between healthy soils, healthy foods, and healthy people.
The conference will also offer more than 35 breakout sessions for crop, livestock, fruit and vegetable growers. A concurrent trade show will feature seed companies, machinery dealers, fertilizer suppliers, grain and dairy buyers, certifying agencies, and educational displays.
Alan Guebert, Syndicated Agricultural Columnist
Alan Guebert is an award-winning free-lance agricultural journalist who was raised on an 800-acre, 100-cow southern Illinois dairy farm. After graduation from the University of Illinois in Dec. 1980, he worked as a writer and senior editor at Professional Farmers of America and Successful Farming magazine.
In 1984, Guebert returned to Illinois to establish his free-lance writing business and to serve as a contributing editor to Farm Journal magazine.
He began his syndicated ag column, The Farm and Food File, in June, 1993, and it now appears weekly in more than 70 newspapers throughout the US and Canada. Guebert also writes a second column, called ''Letter from America,'' which appears monthly in magazines and newspapers in a dozen countries throughout Europe and Asia.
Throughout his career, Guebert has won numerous awards for his magazine and newspaper work. In 1997, the American Agricultural Editors' Association honored him with its highest awards, "Writer of the Year" and "Master Writer."
Alan resides with his wife and two children in Delavan, IL.
Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD
Angie Tagtow is a registered dietitian, environmental nutrition consultant and international speaker dedicated to assuring all eaters have access to "good food." Her business, Environmental Nutrition Solutions, takes an ecological approach to food and health by focusing on the public health benefits of sustainable food systems. Her "Good Food Checklist" series has been distributed to audiences across the country and her articles have appeared in the Des Moines Register, The Wisconsin State Farmer, and The Scoop.
Angie serves as the managing editor of the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, a publication she helped launch in affiliation with the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. She is a guest co-editor of a special issue of the Journal devoted to sustainable food systems.
She has held several leadership positions in dietetics and public health at the state and national levels. Angie served as a member of the American Dietetic Association Sustainable Food Systems Task Force of which she co-edited the primer Healthy Land, Healthy People: Building a Better Understanding of Sustainable Food Systems for Food and Nutrition Professionals. For ten years, Angie worked with the Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion and co-facilitated the state-wide Community Health Needs Assessment and Health Improvement Planning process. She also has experience working in non-profit health organizations and academia.
Angie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in dietetics, a minor in chemistry and a Master of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. She has received several awards including Emerging Young Dietitian of the Year Award and an Outstanding Leadership Award from the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition DPG.