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.
IOA is Hiring a Field Coordinator
Join our team! The Iowa Organic Association is seeking an experienced Field Coordinator, who is knowledgeable and passionate about advancing organic in Iowa, to continue building a strong education program for Iowa’s organic community.
The Field Coordinator’s main role is to successfully manage and execute a multi-track education program by coordinating and delivering education programs (Field Days, Webinars, Workshops) and facilitate organization communications including website updates, bi-monthly eNews, social media posts and listserve engagement.
This is a paid position as an independent contractor at 32 hours/week. Wage is commensurate based on experience.
Virtual Field Day: Live Roller-Crimper and Weed Zapper Demo (Part 2) - Thurs, July 2 @ 1:30 p.m.
IOA is sponsoring Practical Farmers of Iowa's Live Roller-Crimper and Weed Zapper Demo (Part 2) with Levi Lyle. He will share results from Part 1 "Live Roller-Crimper Demonstration" to show termination of the cereal rye cover crop and how the mulch is performing as weed control. Levi will also demo an electric Weed Zapper.
Levi is a partner on a project investigating reduced tillage in organic crop production systems. The project is headed by Dr. Kathleen Delate of Iowa State University.
Virtual Field Day: Approaching Oats as a Cash Crop - Wed, July 1 @ 1 p.m.
IOA is partnering with Practical Farmers of Iowa to deliver an Approaching Oats as a Cash Crop virtual field day with Scott Wedemeier. Oats are becoming a hot commodity as more grocery shoppers reach for oat-based products -- but in the field we're still treating them like a second-class crop. This virtual field day will showcase the steps Scott has taken to step up oat production on his organic crop and livestock farm, including his participation in a cooperator trial for better oat variety selection.
Virtual Field Day: Flame Weeding and Crop Rotation for Weed Control - Tues, June 30 @ 10 a.m.
IOA is sponsoring Practical Farmers of Iowa's Flame Weeding and Crop Rotation for Weed with Noah Wendt and Caleb Akin. Learn how they use a flame-weeder as one of many tools for weed management on their organic farm. We'll check out a field that was previously flame-weeded and Noah and Caleb will also show video from a few weeks prior of the flameweeder in action. They'll also discuss the importance of including a small-grain crop in the rotation for their weed management strategy.
Virtual Field Day: Early Season Organic Weed Control - Thurs, June 25 @ 7:30 p.m.
IOA is partnering with Practical Farmers of Iowa to deliver an Early Season Organic Weed Control virtual field day with Matt Miller.
In this virtual field day, Matt will show video of various passes of tine harrows and rotary hoes he made through the field earlier in June, and then we’ll take a live look at the field. He’ll also go over why and when he uses particular pieces of equipment, as well as the adjustments he makes. Learn about a European tine harrow that Matt says is uncommon in Iowa but is starting to gain more attention.
Host: Matt Miller
The Farm: Matt Miller farms near Bristow, Iowa, and has been certified organic since 2000. His current operation is around 1,000 acres, which are split between organic and conventional crops. His organic crop rotation consists of corn, oats and clover, corn and soybeans.
Show Your Support with IOA Merch!
We now have 100% organic cotton t-shirts with an awesome Iowa graphic representing the diversity of our agriculture landscape – they come in green or blue.
Also, another fan favorite, something to keep you cool or hot, depending on the weather or your mood -- IOA-branded Klean Kanteen 20 oz insulated water bottles with sports cap.
A portion of each purchase will support the work and mission of IOA. Visit our Merchandise page for more information and to purchase. Thank you!!
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.