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Organic conference -- January 2005

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[NOV. 5, 2004]  URBANA -- An organic conference has been scheduled for Jan. 12 and 13, 2005, at the Holiday Inn in Normal. The conference is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and the Agroecology/Sustainable Agriculture Program at the U of I.

The first day of the conference will begin at 9 a.m. and feature general presentations on organic certification, marketing and a panel discussion of farmers.

The second day will offer 20 break-out sessions along four tracks: field crops, specialty crops, livestock and miscellaneous issues relating to organic farming.

"This conference will be helpful for those who are interested in learning more about organic agriculture but have no previous organic experience, all the way to established, experienced organic farmers," said Dan Anderson, research specialist at the U of I. "Livestock and grain producers interested in organic methods, certification and marketing will also find the conference helpful."

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The fee for the conference is $75 for early registration and $100 at the door. The fee includes all materials, as well as organic snacks and some meals.

To register, contact Dan Anderson at (217) 333-1588 or or visit

[University of Illinois news release]

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