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  • Tuesday, December 01, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Meeting via Zoom

    IOA 2020 Annual Meeting

    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.  

    You must RSVP to participate in the Annual Meeting, there is no cost to participate. RSVP below.

    Farmer Panel


    Kathleen Delate, Ph.D., Iowa State University professor and Extension organic specialist
    Dr. Delate leads the ISU Extension organic research and extension program. Her research focuses on nutrient and pest management strategies that enhance production while lowering agriculture’s environmental footprint. She works in Ames, Iowa, and at the ISU Neely-Kinyon Farm in Greenfield, Iowa. In addition to hosting the Annual Iowa Organic Conference each November, she offers a “Transitioning to Organic” course every other year at ISU, starting January 26, 2021: https://www.agonline.iastate.edu/content/organic-agricultural-theory-and-practice


    Rob Faux, Ph. D., Genuine Faux Farm, Tripoli, Iowa
    Dr Faux owns and operates Genuine Faux Farm, a diversified produce and poultry operation near Tripoli, Iowa. Rob and his spouse, Tammy, have been committed to organic and sustainable practices while producing food for local consumption since 2004. Rob was born and raised in Iowa, returning after working and pursuing further education elsewhere. In a former life, Rob earned doctoral degrees in Computer Science and Adult Education and has worked as a post-secondary educator in the field of Computer Science.


    Nelson Smith, Springtown Ranch, Brighton, Iowa
    Nelson was raised on a farm and took over the management of his family’s 1000 acre farm in 1996, and started certifying organic crops in 1997. On their farm, they have 200 acres of Forest Reserve, 300 acres in row crops and alfalfa. The farm’s Conservation Reserve Program acres include 44 acres of Pheasant Habitat Restoration with food plot, 25 acres of Pollinator CRP, Riparian CRP planting of 11,000 trees and shrubs, with 4 tiled terraces, 6 ponds, 7 water retaining basins and 5 dry basins. The 4 crop, organic rotation includes soybeans, corn, oats and alfalfa, with buckwheat and rye occasionally injected in the rotation. Nelson utilizes the EQUIP program practice of cover crops, rye aerially applied to standing corn, rye drilled and broadcast in fall. He has 102 acres of Skunk River bottom land that are in the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) with enhancements.


    Andy Dunham, Grinnell Heritage Farms, Grinnell, Iowa
    Andrew is a 5th generation Iowa farmer who farms with his spouse, Melissa, on their 80 acres which has been in his family for 163 years. Andrew and Melissa made the difficult decision to scale back operations in January 2020, going from 20 to 3 acres of certified organic produce. The remainder of the farm includes a fruit and nut orchard, cover crops, habitat, and hay. Andrew began an off-farm job, as the Prairie on Farms Program Manager at the Tallgrass Prairie Center and helps Melissa with farm operations when he can. They are still in the process of deciding what the farm will look like going forward.

    Prize drawing for participants - must RSVP by Mon, Nov 30 and be present to win. We want to shake things up a bit and have a little fun during the program. We have six prize bundles to offer, here’s a peek at what to expect:

    Thank you to our generous sponsors for donating prizes for the Annual Meeting:  Becker Lane Organic, Bluestem Organic, Early Morning Harvest, Grade A Gardens, Olga’s Organics and Ai Wen, IOA board member

  • Thursday, December 03, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Webinar - via Zoom

    Albert Lea Seed: Virtual Organic Farming Conference

    TOPICS & SPEAKERS

    Hybrid Development & Organic Testing | 10 am – 10:30 am • Albert Lea Seed

    Choosing Organic Seed for Your Goals and Your Ground | 10:30 am – 11:00 am
    Albert Lea Seed

    Transitioning the Mindset: Strategies of Successful Organic Farmers | 11:00 am – 11:45 am
    Nate Powell-Palm • Farmer & Rancher

    Turning Grain into Dough: The Economics of Organic Transition | 12:00 am – 12:30 pm
    Paul Dietmann • Senior Lending Officer, Compeer Financial

    U.S. Organic Market Outlook: A Path Beyond 2020 | 12:30 pm – 1 pm
    Ryan Koory • Director of Economics, Mercaris

    Organic 60″ Corn Panel Discussion | 1 pm – 2 pm
    John Sather, Sandy Syburg, Dr. Joel Gruver (Western Illinois University)

    Join Zoom Meeting via Computer or Device: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87673992827

  • Sunday, December 06, 2020 at 09:00 AM through December 10, 2020
    Webinar

    Savanna Institute - Perrenial Farm Gathering

    Savanna Institute (SI) will host the 2020 Perennial Farm Gathering which will be held December 6th-9th, 2020 online.

    The Perennial Farm Gathering brings together farmers, researchers, specialists and enthusiasts for three days of networking, knowledge-sharing, and festivities. Join SI for all of your favorite events and networking opportunities anywhere you have internet access!

    Share your work through a 5-minute Nutshell Show & Tell
    Network and build community
    Take part in interactive workshops
    Expand your knowledge through breakout sessions

    Join SI for fun events including cooking demos! yoga! and more!This year's gathering will be co-hosted with the Association for Temperate Agroforestry and will also feature talks from leading scientists in the field of agroforestry. Stay tuned for more information!

    To register follow the link here.

  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    Webinar

    OFA Webinar Registration: Election Review: Impact on Organic

    What does the recent election mean for protecting organic standards and growing organic? Join Organic Farmers Association Policy Director, Patty Lovera for a review of election results, how agriculture committees might shape up, and what to look for in the months ahead. Register here

  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 09:00 AM through January 23, 2021

    Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) Annual Conference

     

    More details and information to come.

     

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Webinar via Zoom in Sioux City , IA

    Webinar: Growing Organic Expertise - Sioux City

    The Iowa Organic Association's Growing Organic Expertise (GOE) workshops will be held virtually in 2021, with an emphasis on certain cities within the state. Our first GOE workshop is set for Tuesday, January 26th, from 12 - 3 p.m. with emphasis in the Sioux City area.

    Through these GOE workshops IOA will provide the information, tools and resources to support farmers interested in organic transition, diversification and expansion.

    Who should attend: Technical Service Providers (IDALS, ISU Extension, FSA, NRCS, RC&D, County Conservation and SWCD), Agency Personnel, Agronomists, Crop Insurance Agents, Ag Educators, Extension Staff, Farmers, Lenders.

    What will you learn: An introduction to Organic, Background about the National Organic Program (NOP), Organic Certification and Transition Processes, Organic Standards and Production Practices, Organic Market Trends and News, First-hand Experiences from Local Organic Farmers.

    You must RSVP to participate to join this workshop, there is no cost to participate. RSVP below.

    FARMER PANEL (TBD)

  • Tuesday, February 02, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Webinar via Zoom in Seymour, IA

    Webinar: Growing Organic Expertise - Seymour

    The Iowa Organic Association's Growing Organic Expertise (GOE) workshops will be held virtually in 2021, with an emphasis on certain cities within the state. Our first GOE workshop is set for Tuesday, January 26th, from 12 - 3 p.m. with emphasis in the Seymour area.

    Through these GOE workshops IOA will provide the information, tools and resources to support farmers interested in organic transition, diversification and expansion.

    Who should attend: Technical Service Providers (IDALS, ISU Extension, FSA, NRCS, RC&D, County Conservation and SWCD), Agency Personnel, Agronomists, Crop Insurance Agents, Ag Educators, Extension Staff, Farmers, Lenders.

    What will you learn: An introduction to Organic, Background about the National Organic Program (NOP), Organic Certification and Transition Processes, Organic Standards and Production Practices, Organic Market Trends and News, First-hand Experiences from Local Organic Farmers.

    You must RSVP to participate to join this workshop, there is no cost to participate. RSVP below.

    FARMER PANEL (TBD)

  • Tuesday, February 09, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Webinar via Zoom in Hazleton, IA

    Webinar: Growing Organic Expertise - Hazleton

    The Iowa Organic Association's Growing Organic Expertise (GOE) workshops will be held virtually in 2021, with an emphasis on certain cities within the state. Our first GOE workshop is set for Tuesday, January 26th, from 12 - 3 p.m. with emphasis in the Hazleton area.

    Through these GOE workshops IOA will provide the information, tools and resources to support farmers interested in organic transition, diversification and expansion.

    Who should attend: Technical Service Providers (IDALS, ISU Extension, FSA, NRCS, RC&D, County Conservation and SWCD), Agency Personnel, Agronomists, Crop Insurance Agents, Ag Educators, Extension Staff, Farmers, Lenders.

    What will you learn: An introduction to Organic, Background about the National Organic Program (NOP), Organic Certification and Transition Processes, Organic Standards and Production Practices, Organic Market Trends and News, First-hand Experiences from Local Organic Farmers.

    You must RSVP to participate to join this workshop, there is no cost to participate. RSVP below.

    FARMER PANEL (TBD)

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Webinar via Zoom in Kalona, IA

    Webinar: Growing Organic Expertise - Kalona

    The Iowa Organic Association's Growing Organic Expertise (GOE) workshops will be held virtually in 2021, with an emphasis on certain cities within the state. Our first GOE workshop is set for Tuesday, January 26th, from 12 - 3 p.m. with emphasis in the Hazelton area.

    Through these GOE workshops IOA will provide the information, tools and resources to support farmers interested in organic transition, diversification and expansion.

    Who should attend: Technical Service Providers (IDALS, ISU Extension, FSA, NRCS, RC&D, County Conservation and SWCD), Agency Personnel, Agronomists, Crop Insurance Agents, Ag Educators, Extension Staff, Farmers, Lenders.

    What will you learn: An introduction to Organic, Background about the National Organic Program (NOP), Organic Certification and Transition Processes, Organic Standards and Production Practices, Organic Market Trends and News, First-hand Experiences from Local Organic Farmers.

    You must RSVP to participate to join this workshop, there is no cost to participate. RSVP below.

    FARMER PANEL (TBD)

  • Monday, February 22, 2021 at 09:00 AM through February 27, 2021

    MOSES - Growing Stronger (Collaborative Conference on Organic and Sustainable Farming)

    The 2021 MOSES Conference will be a virtual event in partnership with GrassWorks, Iowa Organic Association, OGRAIN, the University of Wisconsin, and Fairshare CSA Coalition.

     

    Growing Stronger: Collaborative Conference on Organic & Sustainable Farming

    5-in-1 Virtual Event: Feb. 22-27, 2021

    Registration opens Dec. 1, 2020.

    Admission will be $125, with a $25 discount through December.