Organic Commodities & Livestock Conference

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Conference Details

Tuesday, March 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Mount Olive, NC

Ready to earn more per acre, reduce your input costs, and tap into emerging markets in sustainable commodity farming? 

Join the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association at the 8th Annual Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference

Get the details and register!

Start mapping which workshops you’ll attend with these new additions!

We’re continuing to add new workshops. The newest additions to join the OCLC line-up are:

  • Discuss organic controls for advancing the health of ruminant farm animals in pasture systems.
  • Explore the future demand and pricing for organics, focusing on grain markets (corn, wheat, and soybeans) and other commodities.
  • Struggling with sweet potatoes? Learn about IPM strategies that help with common pest issues.

We’re also offering the following workshops to improve profitability and productivity on your commercial-scale farm:

  • Thinking about constructing a high tunnel? Get tips on how to plan for success.
  • Find out how to select and manage cover crops to maximize benefits for your cash crops.
  • Develop strategies to increase and maintain productive and resilient pasture-based grazing operations.
  • Learn the ins and outs of organic certification for crops and livestock.
  • Get the latest news and updates on corn, wheat, soybeans, and canola.
  • Find out about organic policy issues and how they affect the integrity of the organic label.
  • Learn more about the workshops

Keynotes by local growers

We are pleased to have two North Carolina growers sharing their stories. Billy Carter and Peyton McDaniel both hail from multi-generational farm families and have successfully adapted their crops and practices over the years. Learn about these innovations, as well as the challenges and opportunities they’ve faced along the way.

Opening Session
Billy Carter, Carter Farms

Luncheon Keynote
Peyton McDaniel, Hickory Meadows Organics

New exhibitors!

One of the highlights of the OCLC is the chance to network with top businesses serving commercial-scale sustainable growers. The conference schedule includes two half-hour periods specifically set aside for vendor networking.

Interested in exhibiting at the OCLC? Contact Rachel Kriegsman919-542-2402.

Conference location and accommodations

The University of Mount Olive, Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center
652 R.B. Butler Drive
Mount Olive, NC 28365

Arriving early? We have rooms at the Sleep Inn & Suites reserved at a group rate ($83.96) for Monday, March 5. Ask for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association room block.

Sleep Inn & Suites
203 NC Highway 55 W
Mount Olive, NC 28365
(919) 658-1002

Register today

Registration includes breakfast, your choice of workshops, keynote sessions, access to the exhibit hall, and a Pig Pickin’ lunch from Bum’s Restaurant and Catering.


Pre-register online until Friday, March 2

  • $50 members
  • $60 non-members

Register on-site:

  • $60 members
  • $70 non-members

You may register online or by calling us at 919-542-2402.

Thank you to our early conference sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring the 2018 OCLC? The deadline is Feb. 23, 2018. Contact Rachel Kriegsman, 919-542-2402.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is on a mission to bring local, organic food to your table from a farmer who shares your values – and we can’t do it without you. Together we are building a regional food system that is good for consumers, good for growers, and good for the land.