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.
Early Morning Harvest Fall Open House - Saturday, Nov 23
The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) is partnering with Earl and Jeff Hafner at Early Morning Harvest for their annual Fall Harvest Open House in Panora, Iowa on Saturday, November 23 between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Hafners are providing a learning opportunity for farmers and others interested about organic production, processing and distribution at their farm.
Growing Organic Expertise – October Workshops Wrap-up
The Iowa Organic Association traveled across the state last week and delivered a successful first round of the “Growing Organic Expertise in Iowa” workshop series. IOA staff, consultants and partners presented to over 65 participants which included NRCS, FSA, bank lenders, crop insurance consultants and seasoned and prospective farmers who were interested in learning more about the organic industry and opportunities for organic growth in Iowa.
19th Annual Iowa Organic Conference
Diversity = Stability: Elements of Diversity in Optimizing Organic Profitability – The Iowa Organic Conference is a joint effort between Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.
The conference’s keynote speaker is Alex Heilman of Mercaris, Inc. speaking on “Profitability of Organic Ag: Now and Into the Future.” Mercaris is a leading source of organic marketing information in the U.S.
Welcome Wendy Johnson to the IOA Team
Wendy Johnson joined IOA back in July as a part-time Education and Outreach Coordinator to help fill a much needed role for the Iowa Organic Association. Wendy has been instrumental in coordinating the Growing Organic Expertise workshops delivering in October 2019 and in providing direction and support for expanding organic opportunities in Iowa since she started! Wendy and her husband Johnny, live and farm in Floyd County outside of Charles City.