Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections

Organic Connections


RegistrationNovember 1-3, 2018 Prairieland Park - Saskatoon, SK

Growing Organics to Meet the Demand
November 1-3, 2018
Prairieland Park - Saskatoon, SK
Largest Organic Conference in Western Canada

Michael Sligh


Presenter Bio

Michael Sligh comes from a long-line of West Texas farmers and ranchers and farmed on a large-scale organically for the decade of the 1970’s. He went on to help develop US and International Organic legislation and standards thru his work of over 30 years as a Program Director for Rural Advancement Foundation International - (RAFI-USA). Where he manages policy, research and education for the promotion of organic, agro-biodiversity, organic seed development, and a wide-range of food justice, fair trade and other value-added food labeling, policy and marketing issues.

He is currently involved in two new organic market-based initiatives - Regenerative Organic and New England-based organic farmer effort to address concerns over USDA allowance for hydroponics in organic.

He also helps coordinate the Seeds and Breeds Coalition for the 21st Century, which is reinvigorating public cultivars to meet the challenges of regional climate change and the needs and demands of the organic/ sustainable famers and our marketplace.

He is an author and co-author of numerous publications.

He is a part-time organic farmer and a trained anthropologist. He has been very involved in many aspects of domestic and international agricultural policy and practice development, organizing, food labeling, standards, certification and accreditation work over the years, including:

  • Founding Chair of the USDA/ National Organic Standards Board,

  • A founder of Domestic Fair Trade Association, National Organic Coalition, and Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group,

  • Founding member of National Family Farm Coalition and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition,

  • Board President of the International Organic Accreditation Service,

  • Former NGO delegate to UN Food Labeling Commission and WTO,

  • Founding partner of Agricultural Justice Project, which has developed domestic fair trade standards for North America.

He lives, farms and works from North Carolina, USA.

Presenter's Sessions

Organic Small Grains Update- Breeding, Seed Saving & Other Innovations Breakout Sessions

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Breakout Room 1


Organics from the Fringe to the Mainstream – Challenges and Opportunities Ahead: Keynote

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Main Stage Hall A


Organic Connections Hotels 2018

We have two hotels with rooms blocked at group rates to host you during your stay in Saskatoon.

Best Western Plus- East Side
Guests make their reservations using one of two methods:
1) calling the hotel directly at 1-306-986-2400 or 1-844-882-3331 and quoting the Group Reference Number (#1397) or 
2) using the online booking link here

Ramada Hotel

Shuttle provided to and from event from Ramada.

Guests make their reservations using one of two methods:
1) hotel direct at 306-665-6500 or toll free at 1-800-667-6500 press 1 for Saskatoon quoting Block  # CBOC18
2) using the online booking link here

**NEW for 2018** Childcare

Organic Connections is pleased to announce a Childcare Program for the 2018 Conference & Tradeshow. Please read more about it and/or register here.