Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference: A Training Event for Larger-Scale Growers


An Updated Agenda Is Now Online


If you grow on a bigger scale, this event is for you!

Organic production can bring:

Higher Prices.  New Market Opportunities.  

Lower Cost for Inputs.  

Fewer Chemicals on You and Your Family.  

Better Stewardship of Your Land!

What are you waiting for?


The 2014 Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference will take place on Wednesday, March 5th at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, NC.   This year’s conference will feature nine workshops, exhibit hall, lunch, breaks and reception, and keynote address.  All for just !

If you are interested in the Carolinas’ rapidly growing organic agriculture sector, there is no better place to connect with commercial-scale organic producers and organic commodity and livestock experts. It is a not-to-be- missed opportunity to network with and learn from experienced organic farmers, consultants, wholesalers and retailers.


Keynote Speaker: Oren Holle is President of OFARM, the innovative organic marketing coalition based in the Midwest.  By banding together several marketing coops, OFarm has created a powerful bargaining organization which is commanding higher and more consistent prices for organic commodities.  Oren will talk about plans to expand OFarm to the Southeast, as well as his personal experience working with the coalition and the benefits to his large-scale Kansas farm.

OFARM is a coalition of the Midwest Organic Farmers Co-op, Buckwheat Growers Association of Minnesota, Wisconsin Organic Marketing Alliance, Kansas Organic Producers Association, NForganics, Iowa, and Montana Organic Producers Cooperative. Organic producer members of those cooperatives are in 18 states ranging from Montana and Texas to Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

Workshops will cover the following topics:  the benefits of organic growing, building organic soils, organic grain varieties, holistic animal management, meat and vegetable sales and marketing, and assessing organic inputs (fertlizers and biological pest controls)  [Agenda subject to change due to speaker availability.  Check back in 2014 for the finalized agenda.]

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Email Fred Broadwell
CFSA’s Education Director

OCLC Vendors

The OCLC Vendors hall is now full.  Inquiries about the vendor hall can be sent to Laura Stewart:

  • Phone:  919-542-2402
  • Email:
  • Fax: 919-542-7401

2014 OCLC Exhibitors Include:

Animal Welfare Approved

Banner Greenhouses

Blue River Organic Seed

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Earth & Sky Solutions &

Eastern Carolina Organics

Farm Credit Association of North Carolina

Firsthand Foods

Georgia Organic Solutions

Nash Produce

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of North Carolina

NC Department of Agriculture – Agronomic Services Division

Nature Safe Natural & Organic Fertilizers

New Sprout Organic Farms

OASIS Organic Agriculture Soil Improvement Solutions

Organic Valley Family of Farms/CROPP Cooperative -

Perdue AgriRecycle

Quality Certification Services

Sweet Green Fields