The Iowa Farmers Union State Convention is a chance for members from all over Iowa to connect with one another, hear from world-renowned speakers, attend educational sessions, and influence changes made to our guiding policy. This year enjoy our convention from the comfort of your own home as we embark on our second virtual State Convention.
To register follow this link: https://iowafarmersunion.org/civicrm
We want to officially invite you to the BIG SOIL HEALTH EVENT in Riverside, IA on December 6 & 7. At this event, we will focus on soil health education and connecting industry, NGOs, and farmers working in this arena.Olga Reding Education and Outreach Cooridnator for IOA and Jack Knight IOA Board Member will have a table at this event, and are looking forward to meeting you in person!Specific goals include:Initiating discussions with industry (food, beverage, CPGs, conventional ag organizations), community organizations (NGOs, watershed councils, municipalities) and farmers around sustainability initiatives and regenerative ag. We hope to answer the question: How can collaborate to achieve sustainability initiatives while providing farmers the education and financial resources they require for adoption?Launching collaborations across all groups to push knowledge (and adoption) of soil health practicesEducating on soil health principles and the tactics needed to adopt them.Day 2 is devoted to on-farm implementation, tools, and technology to be successful, including market development opportunities, soil testing, and long-term planning.We think your voice would be a valuable contribution to this conversation, and we hope you will be able to make it! I've attached a document with more information, and you can register here. Morning Ag Clips link: https://www.morningagclips.com/the-big-soil-health-event.../
Dec 8: Water smart farming & irrigation
This webinar will be held in Spanish.
The Organic Farmers Association, the National Organic Coalition, IFOAM North America, the Accredited Certifiers Association, and the International Organic Inspectors Association are collaborating on a project to offer Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources for Organic Professionals.
As a part of this project, we are hosting a webinar on the History of Racism in US Agriculture & Organic, Wednesday, December 8th, from 1 to 2.30 pm ET.
Organic organizations have recognized the need for a training providing baseline knowledge and common language for diversity, equity, and inclusion across the organic community. This webinar, presented by Cambium Collective, LLC, will provide an overview of systemic racism in organic agriculture systems, data on current demographics surrounding organic farmers, consumers, and service providers, and existing policies contributing or remediating discrepancies.
The webinar is open to all, but is specifically designed for organic inspectors, organic certifiers, and organic farm education organizations. We hope that you encourage your staff to attend. We know that if we work on this together, we can build a stronger organic movement.
Visit https://organicfarmersassociation.org/dei/ to register & learn more.
We hope you will join us! Registration is open through Monday, December 6th.
Join IOA for our 2021 Annual Meeting where organic supporters gather to connect, network, and help strengthen Iowa’s organic community.
This year’s program will focus on IOA highlights from 2021 and what’s on the horizon for 2022. We have invited Dr. Joel Gruver to share his organic research and 2021 Field Report. And, a panel of IOA farmer members will discuss the “Impact of organic on the farm and in the community” as our final topic of the evening. We look forward to hearing from you and a broader member discussion following the presentations.
A cash bar, organic hors d'oeuvres and prizes will be offered throughout the evening. Masks are strongly encouraged.
There is no cost for IOA members to attend. There is a $20 per person fee for non-members; we will follow-up with a link to pay or you can e-mail Olga to make arrangements. Or you can join as a 2022 IOA member, HERE!
Please RSVP below to attend the Annual Meeting.
4:30 - Doors Open
5:00 - IOA Updates – Member Business
5:30 - Break-Mingle
6:00 - Dr. Joel Gruver, Ph.D., Western Illinois University
6:45 - IOA Farmer Member Panel: Impact of organic on my farm and community
Joel Gruver, PhD, is the Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Ag, Allison Farm at Western Illinois University. Dr. Gruver earned his BS in Chemistry from Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, his MS in Agronomy from the University of Maryland in College Park, and his PhD in Soil Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to teaching a range of soil-focused courses, Dr. Gruver is the Director of the WIU Organic Research Program. He received the National No-Till Educator of the Year Award in 2015. His research interests include conservation cropping systems with a focus on cover crops and organic grain production, soil organic matter, and innovative teaching methods.
Farming since 1974, Tom and Irene Frantzen own and operate a 320 acre diverse certified organic farm in NE Iowa. The Frantzen Farm grows, corn, soybeans, small grains, including hybrid rye, hay and pasture. Much of these crops are used for livestock feed. They also have 40 head finished beef cattle and a 40 sow farrow to finish operation, being the first members of Organic Prairie Pork program for Organic Valley CROPP Coop. They’ve also been longtime members of the CROPP Beef program. Being certified organic for well over 20 years, Tom has gained much knowledge and is always willing to share his experiences. The Frantzen’s were past recipients of the MOSES Farmer of the Year in 2009.
Linda Wattonville was born in northwest Iowa, lived half her life in Texas, and currently resides on a small organic, pasture-centered farm near Ankeny, where she and her family grow fruits, herbs, vegetables and naturally breed and raise sheep, cows and laying hens. Operating on the premise that living soil and chemical-free food is the foundation of health, the family and their animals eat organically and locally.
Linda's focus on the mother’s role in wellness stems from her journey into nutrition for her two daughters, one of whom suffered extreme gut issues. After yielding positive results for the whole family, the Wattonvilles applied their principles to their sheep, to improve the flock’s overall well-being. Now, using regenerative practices, they compost the organic barn waste to make soil for fertilizing garden and pastures. To Linda, growing organic represents a change in perspective and lifestyle that she embraces, and that she feels is needed for society to achieve health, vitality and sustainability.
Bryce Irlbeck, Owner of B&B Irlbeck Farms and founder of AgriSecure, a technology platform to help organic farmers manage a systems-based organic operation. 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.
Denise O'Brien is an organic farmer at Rolling Acres in Atlantic, Iowa. Denise and her husband, Larry Harris, have been involved with organic production and cultivating local food for over 36 years. Denise is also founder of Women’s Food and Agriculture Network, was a candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in 2006, former agriculture adviser in Afghanistan, and recipient of the Rodale Institute’s 2021 Organic Pioneer Award.
Jan 12: Farm Business planning & marketing
This webinar will be held in Spanish.
Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) Conference is scheduled to be conducted on January 21-22. PFI is excited to be back in person at the Scheman Building at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Please expect the same great conference experience you’ve come to know from PFI over our 36 years—50+ sessions, hundreds of attendees, 80+ exhibitors, plenty of networking time—but with COVID-19 still lingering, PFI will require face masks and have additional precautionary steps in place.
The conference theme is Facing the Horizon, where together we will gather to chart our course forward to a more resilient agricultural future. Please find more information about this year’s conference by following this link: https://practicalfarmers.org/events/annual-conference/
OGRAIN will host an in-person conference January 28-29 in Madison, WI.
The first day will focus on general organic grain production.
The second day will focus on food-grade organic grains.
No-till discussion will be held prior to the conference during the evening of January 27th.
This producer-initiated conference is designed for advanced growers and attracts participants from throughout the Midwest and beyond.
February 3, 4, 7, & 8 | Online
Only $50 with Early Bird Registration by 15 December!
Interpretation is available in Hmong and Spanish.
Organic Grain Conference look forward to seeing you in 2022
for the 5th Annual Organic Grain Conference and Trade Show,
February 9-10, 2022 at I-Hotel in Champaign, IL.
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