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.
Growing Organic Expertise in Iowa -- February 2020 Series
IOA is delivering our 2nd round of the "Growing Organic Expertise in Iowa" workshop series in February. This full-day workshop (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will provide information from organic experts and presented resources about the National Organic Program, organic certification and transition, organic standards and production practices and insight into current organic market trends and demands.
The target audience for the workshop includes: NRCS, Extension, IDALS, FSA, SWCD, RC&D, County Conservation, crop insurance agents, farm lenders, farming organizations, farmers, agriculture educators and students, and others interested in learning more about organic opportunities. Last October we reached 65 participants at four different workshops in Atlantic, Calmar, Cedar Rapids and Webster City.
The "Growing Organic Expertise" workshops are a series of 20 regional workshops that will be offered across Iowa in 2020. The locations for the February workshops are as follows:
- Tuesday, Feb 4 -- Mason City Public Library, Mason City
- Thursday, Feb 6 -- Oakwood Road Community Center, Ames
- Tuesday, Feb 11 -- Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield
- Tuesday, Feb 18 -- Council Bluffs Public Library, Council Bluffs
IOA Webinar: Organic Markets with Mercaris -- Wed, Jan 22 at 12 p.m.
Join IOA and Alex Heilman from Mercaris on Wednesday, Jan 22 for a presentation and discussion about current organic market trends and future market projections.
As the market continues to grow, and demand for domestic, organic products continues to exceed supply, Iowa farmers and businesses are looking for information and resources that support questions and interest in organic transition and diversification - especially related to financial viability.
Mercaris established a service to address the gap of organic market support through two types of services. First, to provide up-to-date, accurate information on market conditions for organic and non-GMO commodities. Second, a trading platform that allows buyers and sellers to meet on-line and trade physical commodities.
2nd Annual Midwest Organic Pork Conference -- March 13-14, Dubuque, IA
After a successful inaugural Midwest Organic Pork Conference, where over 120 people attended from 10 different states, we are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Midwest Organic Pork Conference will be held at the Hotel Julien in Dubuque, Iowa on March 13 and 14. We will continue to present the best resources and information available to help expand opportunities for organic pork production and distribution. Speaker proposals, sponsor and exhibitor applications are now being accepted. For more information, visit MidwestOrganicPorkConference.org or call Kris at 515.276.6010.
The Midwest Organic Pork Conference brings together those conducting research (academic and non-academic), expert organic and niche hog farmers, industry experts and others to share current organic hog research and first-hand experience with new and advanced organic farmers from across the Midwest and other states from across the country. Topics include background and benefits of organic hog production, information for transition, expansion or improving organic and pasture-raised hog production, systems for maintaining animal health and pest management, and methods for economic viability and success within an organic hog production system. This conference will continue to support further academic interest and farmer-researcher interest in identifying challenges in organic hog production and new research opportunities to help solve those challenges.
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.