Welcome to the Iowa Organic Association!
The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) is a statewide, 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to organic education, advocacy and cooperation. Our membership is a diverse community of Iowa’s organic farmers, gardeners, food and farm businesses, advocates and consumers who are devoted to building a more sustainable Iowa.
Virtual Field Day: Live Roller-Crimper and Weed Zapper Demonstration (part 1) - June 2
IOA is a sponsor of Practical Farmers of Iowa's "Live Roller-Crimper and Weed Zapper Demonstration" virtual field day (2-part series), starting Tuesday, June 2.
Watch Levi roll-crimp a cereal rye cover crop with two goals in mind: 1) terminating the cover crop without herbicide or tillage and 2) laying down the cover crop as a mulch for weed control. Levi is a partner on a project headed by Kathleen Delate of Iowa State University investigating reduced tillage in organic crop production systems. After a few weeks, we’ll take another look at the field with Levi and he’ll also demonstrate an electric Weed Zapper.
Protect Your Crops From Pesticide Drift and Damage
IOA worked with partners at the Iowa Department of Land Stewardship (IDALS) to develop a postcard to raise awareness about FieldWatch™ registration. FieldWatch™ is a non-profit that provides online registry tools to promote communication between producers of pesticide-sensitive (i.e. specialty) crops, beekeepers and pesticide applicators.
The online FieldWatch™ registry supports ongoing stewardship activities to reduce incidences of off-target pesticide exposure. The registries provide state of the art mapping features that provide applicators the locations of registered specialty sites. The boundaries on map entries are user-submitted specialty/sensitive site designations.
Registration is free and the service is easy to use. For more information or with questions, contact IDALS at 515-242-6236 or sign-up at https://iowaagriculture.gov/SensitiveCropRegistry.
If you do experience exposure from pesticide drift, contact IDALS Pesticide Bureau at 515-281-8591 or pesticides@IowaAgriculture.gov as soon as possible to file a report and initiate sample testing.
TAKE ACTION: Ensure COVID-19 Relief Aid Gets to Farmers
We want to share an Action Alert from our friends at the Organic Farmers Association and the National Organic Coalition about efforts to ensure farmers and farmworkers are a priority in the next COVID-19 Stimilus Bill.
The global COVID-19 pandemic is touching nearly every part of our lives – including the organic community. Necessary measures to contain the spread of the virus have resulted in the immediate loss of key markets for farmers, and ongoing uncertainty threatens farmers’ and the entire organic community’s ability to plan for the growing season just underway.
TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Congress is currently debating a coronavirus economic stimulus bill, and you can help make sure that the farmers and farmworkers who keep us fed are included in that support. Now is the time to make sure that farmers and farmworkers are included in any COVID-19 Congressional support. The COVID-19 outbreak has created a crisis for farmers and farmworkers across the country. And for the safety and security of the country, we must have a stable, secure food supply during this time.
NOC Action Alert/Talking Points
Time is of the essence – NOW is the time for critical investments in farmers and food systems to help us not only navigate this major challenge but take proactive steps toward advancing the resilience, equity, and sustainability of our organic community. www.HOUSE.gov | www.SENATE.gov
CANCELLED: Midwest Organic Pork Conference
In a decision that we have not taken lightly, the Iowa Organic Association Board of Directors has decided to cancel the Midwest Organic Pork Conference scheduled to start tomorrow, Friday, March 13 in Dubuque, Iowa due to the spread of COVID-19.
This is not something we wanted to do, however, given the national health announcements and the number of similar, local events cancelled over the last 24 hours, we feel canceling the conference is in the best interest of you – our attendees, presenters and exhibitors – and what should be done in an effort to stop this terrible disease from spreading any further.
Thank you for understanding the need to cancel this conference in the interest of public safety.
Please visit our web site, www.MidwestOrganicPorkConference.org for conference updates and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Iowa Association Board of Directors