• Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM · 9 rsvps

    How to Apply for USDA's Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)

    The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) and Amanda Wiegel with the USDA Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) will deliver a webinar on Wednesday, September 22nd, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CST about the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) application process.  
    Organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Producers may apply for cost share assistance for organic certification expenses paid between Oct. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021. Contact your FSA county office to file an application for organic certification cost-share reimbursement.  Applications are due November 1, 2021.
    Certified producers and handlers are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to 50% of the certified organic operation’s eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $500 per scope. This is a reduction from 2018 Farm Bill commitments of 75% of eligible expenses, up to $750 per scope. Additional funds may be available at a later date – you must have an application on file by Nov. 1, 2021 to be eligible to any additional funding support.
    Please register below to participate in this webinar.

  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    How to Apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP2)

    The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) and Katie Kramer with the USDA Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) will be delivering a webinar on Wednesday, September 29th, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CST about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) application process and the new and extended opportunities provided by the program.  If your agricultural operation has been impacted by the pandemic, we encourage you to participate in this webinar and apply for CFAP 2 aid. 
    Contact your FSA county office to file a CFAP 2 application.  Applications are due on October 12, 2021. 

    USDA has amended the CFAP 2 payment calculation for sales-based commodities, which are primarily comprised of by specialty crops, to allow producers to substitute 2018 sales for 2019 sales. Previously, payments for producers of sales-based commodities were based only on 2019 sales, with 2019 used as an approximation of the amount the producer would have expected to market in 2020. Giving producers the option to substitute 2018 sales for this approximation, including 2018 crop insurance indemnities and 2018 crop year Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) payments, provides additional flexibility to producers of sales-based commodities who had reduced sales in 2019.  

    A complete list of all eligible sales-based commodities can be found at of sales-based commodities can modify existing applications.  
    Please register below to participate in this webinar.

    8/24/21 News Release:  USDA Updates Pandemic Assistance for Livestock, Poultry Contract Producers and Specialty Crop Growers

  • Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 06:00 PM through October 22, 2021

    National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) generally meets twice each year in a public forum to discuss and vote on recommendations to the USDA. These recommendations help the Department develop and refine the organic standards.

    Based on input from the Board and members of the organic community, the NOSB currently plans to resume in-person meetings in October 2021, subject to Federal, State, and local guidance on in-person meetings at the time.

    The in-person meeting will be webcast live for those who are not able to travel. Should circumstances not permit an in-person meeting, the meeting will be held virtually. Updates will be posted to the USDA website at the link below.

    Meeting Details

    When:  October 13 - 21, 2021
                 Online Comment Webinars: October 13 & 14,
                 In-Person Public Meeting: October 19-21, 2021 

    Where: Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown - Arena
                 300 J Street
                 Sacramento, California
                 1-877-666-3243 (Group name: National Organic Standards Board)
                 Room reservation cutoff date: Friday, September 24, 2021

    Stakeholder Engagement Encouraged

    The NOSB invites public comment on agenda topics and will hear comments in-person
    at the meeting in Sacramento and during the webinars leading up to the meeting. Written comments may be submitted via

    Deadlines: To be considered during the Fall 2021 Meeting, written comments and requests for oral comment speaking slots must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

    Meeting materials including the agenda, public comment registration links, and other resources — including details on how to register for oral comment slots and how to submit written comments — will be added to the National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) Fall 2021 Meeting webpage as they become available.

  • Wednesday, November 03, 2021 at 10:00 AM through November 07, 2021

    Women Food and Agriculture Network Conference

    Please stay tuned to upcoming WFAN communications for further conference announcements.

    WFAN annual conference provides a platform for participants to advocate and agitate for social transformation in our lives, communities, and shared work. They are committed to the following statements as their guiding 2021 WFAN conference goals.

    1. Build and strengthen anti-oppression knowledge, initiatives, and action through training, reflection, and collaboration.  
    2. Provide practical farm-based educational opportunities for beginning through seasoned agrarians, landowners, and food systems advocates. 
    3. Increase capacity as land caretakers to define, create, and implement practices rooted in ecological justice. 
    4. Offer intentional spaces for critical dialogue, networking, coalition building, and story-sharing. 

    For additional details please check out the link below:

  • Monday, November 29, 2021 at 07:30 AM

    Iowa Organic Conference

    Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center -- “Contributions of Organic in Mitigating Climate Change: Evidence from Farms and Fields”

    REGISTER:  early registration is $100 and late registration (after Nov. 16) is $120.

  • Tuesday, December 07, 2021 at 05:00 PM

    Iowa Organic Association Annual Meeting - Tuesday, December 7th

    Iowa Organic Association (IOA) will have their Annual Meeting in person this year, on Tuesday, December 7th, from 5-8pm CST.

    Location and speaker details to come soon.

    We look forward to seeing you all in person this year.