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 Webinar: The Perennial Fund "New Resources for Organic Transition Loans" -- Wed, Dec 11 @ 12 P.M
Mad Agriculture and the Perennial Fund is partnering with IOA, the Conservation Learning Group and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture to deliver a webinar about new loan resources for farmers interested in organic transition or expansion. The Perennial Fund was founded to provide operating loans, business planning, technical support, and market access to help farmers expand certified-organic acreage using regenerative practices. The Fund serves current organic farmers who want to expand in 2020, as well as those interested or in the midst of transitioning to organic. Loans can be used to cover operational costs, equipment, and infrastructure. Farmers do not pay back the fund until they are making net profits, paying nothing during the 36-month transition period and having any amount owed after year 10 completely forgiven. The Perennial Fund is seeking an initial 10-15 farmers for the pilot program. PRESS RELEASE
IOA’S Annual Meeting & 2019 Presidential Forum
Registration is CLOSED - we are at capacity.
Thursday, Dec 5; 5 – 8 p.m., Fairview Lodge, Story City
The IOA Annual Meeting provides a great opportunity for members to connect, network, and help strengthen Iowa’s organic community. The program will focus on highlights from 2019, sharing our updated Strategic Plan, developing priorities for the coming year and hearing from you about important organic issues and experiences.
We are excited to welcome Erin Silva, Ph.D. with OGRAIN, and Carl Rosier, Ph.D. and Kristine Lang, scientists with Rodale and the Midwest Organic Center, to introduce their work around organic with IOA members and the organic community. Hy-Vee is graciously sponsoring an organic meal.
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.