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The Past, Present, and Future of Organic

Bob Quinn

Robert “Bob” Quinn is a progressive leader in promoting organic and sustainable agriculture throughout the state of Montana, United States, and the world. After finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry, Bob took over his family's conventional grain and cattle farm in 1978, started experimenting with organic production in 1986, used the last chemical application on the farm in 1988, and were 100% certified organic by 1991. As demand for organics grew, Bob discovered that with time-tested practices like cover cropping and crop rotation, he can produce successful yields—without pesticides. With his company Montana Flour & Grains, he introduced the natural food industry to an ancient Egyptian wheat, called khorasan which is similar to durum wheat and marketed under his own brand name, KAMUT®. The brand name helps to preserve the ancient grain and guarantee it is not genetically modified or altered. Bob recently co-authored the book Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food. Bob’s challenge to the next generation is to walk through the door that the pioneers of organic opened and reintroduce the world to healthy, flavorful eating. If you look at it as a two-generation project, we’re already halfway there! Bob’s new challenge to America is to be CHEMICAL FREE BY ’43!

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Keynote | 1:30 pm

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Bob Quinn

Bob Quinn
Bob Quinn is passionate about organic farming and the need to provide a sustainable, nutritional food source for the United States. A deep-rooted belief that rural communities should be valued and nurtured has always been a driving force of this passion. Bob has been farming organic Kamut ancient grain since 1983. He is the founder of Kamut International which allows him to promote organic agriculture and the KAMUT® brand ancient wheat. He is the author of "Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food."

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