News Releases - Agribusiness
Written by Greg Leaf   
Monday, 20 June 2011 12:56
SPRING VALLEY, WI – The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is seeking nominations for the “MOSES 2012 Organic Farmer of the Year” award which will be presented at the 23nd annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, February 23-25, 2012.

MOSES will, for the 10th year, recognize an outstanding organic farmer or farm family who are innovators; who excel in managing their farm resources such as soil, water, wildlife, and biodiversity; and who serve as educators and shining examples in their communities and to the next generation of organic farmers.

“The Organic Farmer of the Year award is such a great opportunity to showcase the best in organic farming to a wide audience; farmers of all persuasions in rural and urban communities alike,” said Linda Halley, MOSES board president. “Recognition of an Organic Farmer of the Year allows us all to say a public thanks to a farmer who has been a model and a teacher. It also says to the rest of the agricultural community, ‘Check it out! This is why we’re proud of organic farming!’”

Those who wish to nominate a farmer for the award must complete and return the nomination form which is available by calling the MOSES office at 715-778-5775 or at the MOSES website, All nominations are due by September 15, 2011.

The MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year award includes a cash gift of $500, full registration to the 2012 Organic Farming Conference, lodging during the conference, and a gift certificate redeemable at the conference book sales booth.

The Vetter Family of The Grain Place in Marquette, Nebraska, received the 2011 Organic Farmer of the Year Award. The Vetters have a diversified farm and affiliated processing company where they grow and process a number of specialty crops including edible soybeans, edible dry beans, blue and white corn, popcorn, heirloom barley, flax, amaranth, lupines, sunflowers and pasture.

The Vetters’ care for their farm, its biodiversity and bounty, is informed by their deep spiritual bond with the land. They are outstanding stewards of its natural resources and shining examples in their community.

MOSES is a non-profit education and outreach organization working to promote organic agriculture in the Upper Midwest. MOSES provides education, resources and training to farmers interested in learning more about organic and sustainable farming practices.

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