Welcome to the Iowa Organic Association
The Iowa Organic Association is a non-profit group of like-minded individuals, organizations, companies and associations dedicated to the advancement of Iowa's organic production and industry. The IOA has come together to serve as an umbrella association whose goal is to represent all facets and concerns of Iowa's organic farmers, wholesalers, retailers, processors, handlers, educators, researchers, consumers and advocates.
NCAT Offers New Guides for Organic Operations
To describe the relevant organic requirements, provide best practices, and further explain the certification process, NCAT has partnered with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) to provide the following detailed guides:
- Guide for Organic Crop Producers
- Guide for Organic Livestock Producers
- Guide for Organic Processors
- Organic Certification of Farms and Businesses Producing Agricultural Products
These guides provide helpful information for both beginning farmers and current organic operations looking to adopt new management approaches.
This effort includes self-paced training modules, outreach materials, and a guide to organic and organic-related USDA programs.
The USDA published a new Organic Resource Guide, which provides an overview of USDA programs and services available to the public that support organic agriculture. It includes agencies that provide technical information, education, business development and marketing information, and other services to organic farmers, ranchers, and handlers. The guide, published in August, 2012, also provides current contact information for agencies and individuals
Please condsider becoming a member
You will have the opportunity to receive periodic newsletters to keep you informed of IOA activities and other interesting articles, resources through our new website including NOSB actions, emerging research in organic food and food animal production, resources and input information and much more at www.iowaorganic.org and winter State of Organics meetings in your region. See our current IOA Newsletter and download a membership form here.
Become a corporate sponsor
With a Corporate Membership you will have the opportunity to host a day at the State Fair IOA Booth, your logo placed on the IOA Website, contribute website content, receive periodic newsletters to keep you informed of IOA activities and other interesting articles, resources through our new website at www.iowaorganic.org and State of Organics meetings in your region.