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Organic Farming Conference Taking Place In Western Mass.

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Produce on sale at Davenport Farm Stand on Route 209 in Stone Ridge, NY

Hundreds of people are meeting this weekend in western Massachusetts to learn the latest about organic farming and healthy food issues.  WAMC’s  Paul Tuthill reports.

   The 38th annual summer conference of the Northeast Organic  Farming Association takes place Friday through Sunday on the campus of  U-Mass Amherst.  One of this year’s workshop presenters, and evening keynote speaker is Jeffrey Smith. He’s a consumer advocate who has devoted years to sounding an alarm over the risks of genetic modification in food.

   Organizers say conference attendance has grown  steadily over the last decade, as people become more concerned about the source  of their food..  The Association  has about 12 hundred members.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.