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Nominations sought for 'Organic Farmer of Year'

SPRING VALLEY -- The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), based in Spring Valley, is seeking nominations for the "2009 Organic Farmer of the Year" award, which will be presented at the 20th annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Feb. 26-28, 2009.

This noteworthy award is presented to organic farmers who have demonstrated innovations in organic farming and livestock management; excellence in enhancing and managing farm resources like soil, water, wildlife and biodiversity; and who serve to educate and inspire farmers, consumers and others in their communities.

Those who wish to nominate a farmer for the award must complete and return the nomination form, available by calling the MOSES office or at by Sept. 15.

The award includes a $500 cash gift, admission to the 2009 Organic Farming Conference including all food and lodging, and a $100 gift certificate redeemable at the conference book sales booth. Public recognition of exemplary organic farmers is an opportunity to celebrate their successes in organic food production.

The past award recipients have been innovative agriculturalists as well as mentors and teachers to other farmers.