[montanafood_ag] Nation’s Largest Organic Seed Conference to Take Place in Port Townsend, WA

Kristina Hubbard kristina.hubbard at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 14:58:19 MST 2012

*For Immediate Release*

January 4, 2012****

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Kristina Hubbard****

Director of Advocacy & Communications****

Organic Seed Alliance****

kristina at seedalliance.org, (406) 493-6965****

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*Nation’s Largest Organic Seed Conference to Take Place in Port Townsend, WA

*Events on January 19 – 21, 2012, Draw Experts from across the U.S.*

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PORT TOWNSEND, WA – Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will host its Sixth Organic
Seed Growers Conference in Port Townsend, WA, on January 19 – 21, 2012. The
conference begins with a one-day tour showcasing the burgeoning organic
seed industry in Washington’s Skagit Valley. The conference features
presentations, panel discussions, networking events, and entertainment
around the theme: *Strengthening Community Seed Systems.*****

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The event is the largest in North America to focus solely on organic seed
systems. Session topics range from organic plant breeding, seed production,
and distribution, to enhancing policies that support the growth and
integrity of the organic seed sector.****

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The conference offers more than two-dozen sessions ranging from agronomic
issues on the farm (seed production and disease management); breeding
topics (public university projects and participatory models); economic
matters (organic seed markets and marketing); and policy discussions
(strategies for building the organic seed sector). Presenters are leaders
in their field and represent diverse regions, crop types, and farming
scales. More than 300 farmers, researchers, distribution companies, plant
breeders, pathologists, university extension agents, food industry
representatives, and others are expected to attend.****

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Prior to the conference, a full day tour of the Skagit Valley offers
participants an extraordinary opportunity to learn about organic seed
research projects in a major vegetable seed production region of
international importance. The all-day field tour, co-sponsored by Southern
Exposure Seed Exchange, will include major cabbage, beet and spinach
growing regions; organic variety trials at Osborne Seed Company; and the
Washington State University Northwest Research Center.****

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Two nationally recognized authorities provide this year’s keynote
talks. *William
F. Tracy *is the interim dean and director of the College of Agricultural
and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He leads one of
the few remaining public sector sweet corn breeding programs in the U.S.,
and is active in other organic plant breeding projects. *Eric Holt-Giménez* is
the executive director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development
Policy, an organization working to end the injustices that cause hunger,
poverty and environmental degradation throughout the world. His research
and writing concentrates on the global food crisis, the Farm Bill, fair
trade, and food justice issues.****

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More than 50 additional experts will present at the conference (view a full
list at the link below).

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Fort Worden State Park and Conference Center is a wonderful gathering place
that offers historic buildings on the water with stunning views. The
facility offers reasonable rates for participant lodging and delicious
organic food featuring the Northwest’s best. Local musicians will provide

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Register and find more information at www.seedalliance.org.****

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*Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of
the genetic resources of agricultural seed.*

Kristina Hubbard
Director of Advocacy & Communications
Organic Seed Alliance

(406) 493-6965
kristina at seedalliance.org

Follow us on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/Organic.Seed.Alliance> & Seed
Broadcast <http://blog.seedalliance.org/>

*Register today!* Don't miss the 2012 Organic Seed Growers Conference on
January 19-21, 2012. Learn more and register

kristina.hubbard at gmail.com
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