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.
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
IOA Webinar: Growing Hemp in Iowa - Part II -- Wed, Apr 1 at 12 PM
Join Robin Pruisner, Iowa Hemp Administrator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, for this presentation about the intricacies of becoming a licensed hemp producer in Iowa. What does the licensing procedure entail? The difference between testing for delta-9 THC and ‘total’ THC? Learn about the pinch points of risk – at what point in the growing season are you to experience the greatest risk? Growing it may be the easy part, do you know how to sell it?
IOA Webinar: Growing Hemp in Iowa - Understanding the Rules and Regulations -- Part 1: VIEW
IOA Webinar: Crop Insurance and Whole Farm Revenue Protection for Organic Producers-- Wed, Mar 11 at 12 PM
Anna Johnson, Policy Manager at the Center for Rural Affairs, will give a presentation on crop insurance options for organic producers. This presentation will review some basics on crop insurance and how to find out what organic crop insurance is offered for your county. We will also cover the crop insurance product Whole Farm Revenue Protection, which is available in every county and can be used to protect organic crops and livestock. Finally, we'll talk about how to decide if purchasing crop insurance is right for your operation.
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 – AGENDA
Thursday, Feb 6 -- Oakwood Road Community Center, Ames – AGENDA
Tuesday, Feb 11 -- Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield – AGENDA
Tuesday, Feb 18 -- Council Bluffs Public Library, Council Bluffs – AGENDA
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.