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.


Recent News

 

IOA 2020 Annual Meeting - Tues, Dec 1 @ 6:30 p.m.

The Iowa Organic Association's Annual Meeting will be held virtually this year on Tuesday, Dec 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  IOA's Annual Meeting provides a great opportunity for members to connect, network, and help strengthen Iowa’s organic community.  

IOA board president, Gary Huber and executive director, Roz Lehman will share highlights from IOA's work in 2020 and present an organic farmer panel to share about the impacts of the pandemic, derecho and other challenges experienced over the year. We look forward to hearing from you and a broader discussion and conversation following the presentations.   Click MORE to RSVP, view farmer panel, and peek at prizes that will be given out during the program. 

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2019 USDA Organic Survey Results:  Iowa farming gets greener as demand for organic...grows

The numbers are in!  Every five years U.S. certified organic operations must complete an USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) organic survey to measure growth of the industry. 

The top ten organic producing states have pretty much stayed solid, with Iowa shifting from fifth to sixth in number of organic operations (779) and Ohio moving up to the fifth spot (785) - only by farms, not acres. Indiana squeezes in at ten, pushing out Maine. Iowa is still the number one producer of organic grains and hogs in the U.S. 

IOA staff and board members discussed the Iowa and U.S. growing organic economy last week with Des Moines Register's Donnelle Eller.  Click MORE to read The Register article and find links for 2019 Iowa and U.S. survey results.   

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Webinar: Bryce Irlbeck, An organic transition experience - Mon, Nov 10 @ Noon

The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) will be delivering a webinar on Tuesday, November 10th, from 12 - 1pm CST, discussing the economics of running a profitable organic row crop farming operation.

Bryce Irlbeck, Owner of B&B Irlbeck Farms and Founder of AgriSecure, will present the challenges and rewards of organic row crop farming. Bryce will share his family’s long history of farming in Iowa. He will discuss the reasons he transitioned from conventional agriculture to organic production and describe the challenges and the rewards of owning and operating an organic farm.

Bryce now runs a 4,000 acre organic operation with his dad where they grow alfalfa, corn, soybeans, peas, barley, canola, and rye. Recognizing that his organic farm was succeeding while many others struggled, Bryce founded AgriSecure in 2018 to help farmers in his community and beyond learn how to profit from organic farming too.

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Derecho Resources

Thank you to Kathleen Delate, Ph.D. at ISU for leading efforts within the organic community to collect data about storm damage and loss, and for providing many resources for those affected by the August 10 derecho.  If you are stuck, unable to find the support you need – please let us know and we will help you.  Iowa has now received a federal disaster declaration so more funding for assistance should be available.


Share your damage estimates with Dr. Delate.


Show Your Support with IOA Merch!

We are excited to share two new IOA items with you!

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!!

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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.