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  • Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 09:00 AM
    Lehman Farm in Polk City, IA

    Growing Organic Expertise with DMACC at Aaron Lehman's Farm in Polk City | OPEN to the public

    Aaron Lehman will host DMACC students and others interested in learning more about the U.S. organic movement, the National Organic Program, Midwest organic production options and a range of resources that support organic transition and certification. 

    Aaron is President of the Iowa Farmers Union and a fifth-generation farmer where he and his family grow corn, soybeans, oats, and hay in both organic and conventional rotations. In the mid-2000s, he and his dad decided to try something different from the traditional two-crop system and began to explore certified organic production to diversify the land and improve sustainability, while increasing net revenue.

    COST: Free | Open to the public

    REGISTRATION is required for this event, please RSVP below.

    FARM HOST: Aaron Lehman

    The Iowa Organic Association is working to advance organic agriculture and food systems in Iowa.  This field day provides an opportunity to learn more about the organic movement and organic practices, and to network with Iowa’s organic community.


    Funder Acknowledgement: 

    This field day is a part of the Growing Organic Expertise in Colleges across Iowa project funded by the Iowa DNR REAP Conservation Education Program.   

  • Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 09:00 AM

    Green Place Foundation Field Day

    Green Place Foundation is excited to invite you to their first in person FIELD DAY since 2019--on July 16, 2022.The Field Day morning tour and afternoon presentations are free. Lunch is $20, tickets must be purchased ahead of time. Come for all or part of the day!

    Guest Presenters:
    Paul Schiefer (Keynote Speaker) - Vice President of Impact and Communication for Amy’s Kitchen, the leading producer of high-quality organic frozen meals and soups in the United States.

    Kellee James (Keynote Speaker) - Founder and CEO of Mercaris, a market data service and trading platform for organic agricultural commodities and ingredients.

    Steve Tamayo (Artist Presenter) – Member of Sicangu Lakota tribe; artist, historian, storyteller, dancer.

    Anthony Warrior (Chef for Lunch) – Member of the Little Axe Little River Ceremonial ground of the Shawnee; over 25 years in food and beverage industry

    Please join Green Place Foundation on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Lunch tickets and more information can be found at http://www.grainplacefoundation.org/fieldday/

  • Monday, July 18, 2022 at 09:00 AM · $25.00 USD · 3 rsvps

    To Till or Not to Till? Building Soil Organically - a workshop for ag advisors by OATS

    One of the great questions in farming is whether or not to till the soil. Though progress has been made on organic no-till systems, most organic field crop farmers rely on tillage to control weeds and to prepare a good seedbed. At this field day, ag professionals and anyone interested will take a look into how much tillage is used on organic farms and how to protect and enhance the soil on their client’s organic field crop farms.

    OATS Podcast "The Dirt on Organic Farming" -- Episode 1: Moldboards and Dust Clouds, Organic Has a Tillage Problem

    AGENDA

    • 9:00 a.m. -- WELCOME
    • 9:15 a.m. -- Tillage in organic field Crop Production
      (Mallory Krieger, OATS)
    • 9:40 a.m. -- National Organic Program 101
      (Mallory Krieger, OATS)
    • 10:00 a.m. -- Implementing tillage judiciously on working farms
      (Joel Gruver, Ph.D., Wester Illinois University)
    • 11:00 a.m. -- Farmer Panel: Tillage in organic and strategies to protect the soil
      (Matt Leavitt, Albert Lea Seed-moderator, Doug Alert, and Eric Madsen)
    • 12:00 p.m. -- LUNCH
    • 1:30 p.m. -- Tour of Levi Lyle’s farm and Iowa State University’s on-farm research
      (Levi Lyle, Kathleen Delate, Ph.D, Iowa State University)
    • 3:30 p.m. -- Post-tour Discussion
    • 4:00 p.m. -- ADJOURN

    COST:  $50 for non-IOA members; $25 for IOA members (includes lunch)

    Are you a CCA? We have applied for CEUs. Check back soon for more information on the number of credits we can provide.

    REGISTRATION is required for this event, please RSVP below.

    FARM HOST:  Levi Lyle & Kathleen Delate, Ph.D.

    Levi and his family farm near Keota, IA. They raise organic corn and soybeans and as well as, aronia berries, tart cherries, and various other fruits.  Levi’s Indigenous Fruit Enterprises (LIFE) seeks to facilitate the profitability and sustainability of small farms. Previously an organic inspector, Levi now consults farmers transitioning to organic certified production. He recently started the Levi Lyle Podcast where thought-leaders and out-of-the-box thinking is provided a platform. He has two published books, available at www.levilyle.com and was a guest storyteller for PFIs 2022 winter conference.

    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 - the next one being offered in January 2023.

    FARM TOUR: Kathleen and Lyle will discuss the research they have been conducting on organic no-till in corn and soybean production since 2020 through a USDA-NRCS-Conservation Innovation Grant in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The Rodale Institute.  Their research is focused on crop emergence, cover crop biomass and longevity, weed populations, insect pests and yield, as well utilizing alternative methods to terminate cover crops and manage weeds (I & H roller-crimper vs. a Dawn ZRX™ roller and WeedZapper™).  This research will provide organic producers the information and tools to help reduce tillage and offer best practice recommendations about planting dates and equipment settings.

    Huge thanks to our regional planning committee:

    • Roz Lehman, IOA
    • Matt Leavitt, Albert Lea Seed
    • Craig Tomera, Grain Millers
    • Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University
    • Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Funder Acknowledgement:

    This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under agreement number 2020-38640-31522 through the North Central Region SARE program under project number H008568303. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Friday, July 22, 2022 at 09:00 AM
    Flolo Farms in West Union, IA

    IOA Field Day: FLOLO Farms Showcasing Organic Practices, Research and Resources

    The FLOLO Farms Organic Field Day hosted by Loran and Brenda Steinlage is part of their week-long Field Week to offer education and support about innovative alternatives to traditional corn and soybean production and the value and benefits of regenerative and diverse farming systems.  This field day includes a full day of networking, farm tours and presentations from Loran, OGRAIN, Rodale, the Iowa Organic Association and a farmer panel to offer a broad range of organic expertise and resources for those wanting more information about:

    • Organic transition and production;
    • Inter-seeding cover crops;
    • Companion/relay no-till cropping systems-living plants in soil 365 days/year to manage moisture and weed suppression;
    • Grazing cover crops;
    • Equipment modification to reduce inputs and production costs.

    As the $62B organic market continues to soar – Midwest farmers are in a prime position to meet the growing demand for organic production and products while increasing farm profits, ecosystem services and sustainability.  This field day is a great opportunity to learn about organic farming from organic farmers.

    AGENDA

    • 9:00 a.m.  -  WELCOME
    • 9:15 a.m.  -  Loran Steinlage – Flolo Farms
    • 9:45 a.m.  -  Erin Silva, Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin Madison – OGRAIN
    • 10:45 a.m.  -  BREAK
    • 11:00 a.m.  -  Farm Tour: cover crops, inter-seeding, livestock grazing and more!
    • 12:00 p.m.  -  Farm-to-Table Lunch
    • 1:00 p.m.  -  Farmer Panel: Dave Campbell, Scott Wedemeier, and Wendy Johnson and Loran Steinlage
    • 2:15 p.m.  -  Drew Erickson and Linda Sturm-Flores, Rodale Institute-Midwest Organic Center
    • 3:15 p.m.  -  Closing Remarks-Evaluation
    • 4:00 p.m.  -  ADJOURN

    COST:  $40 for non-IOA members; $20 for IOA members (includes lunch)
    **Please note: we do not want the registration to be cost-prohibitive, we have funds available to assist with registration, please reach out to Olga to attend. 

    REGISTRATION is required for this event, please REGISTER HERE

    FARM HOST:  Loran Steinlage.

    SPONSORS:

  • Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 04:00 PM
    Prairie Sky Farm in Wesley, IA

    PFI Field Day-Conservation Practices in an Organic Farming System at Prairie Sky Farm

    Prairie Sky Farm, operated by Bob and Sara Pearson, has been in Sara’s family since 1889. The Pearsons raise soybeans, corn, oats, buckwheat, rye, vetch, alfalfa and grass hay on 240 acres. They also steward soybean and small-grain seed production fields, and conduct on-farm organic soybean and corn yield trials for Albert Lea Seed House.

    Since 2014, the Pearsons have worked together developing a certified organic farm that prioritizes soil conservation and soil health using a diverse crop rotation, cover crops and reduced fall tillage. At the field day, Sara and Bob will discuss their organic field crop rotation; show some of the equipment they use in their organic operation; and highlight conservation practices they use, including field borders, prairie plantings and grassed waterways.

    Don’t miss this chance to learn more about organic production from a diversified Iowa farm family.

    See & Discuss:

    • Organic crop rotation
    • Organic corn and organic soybeans
    • Benefits of cover crops
    • Organic small-grain production
    • Conservation practices
    • Oat harvest and small-grain harvest equipment
    • Row crop cultivation equipment
    • Research plots

    Location Notes: Make sure “Ave.” is input into GPS to arrive at the correct location (about 5 miles northwest of Wesley, Iowa).

    Meal Information: Dinner will be served at the field day.

     

    For more information or to RSVP for this field day, please REGISTER HERE.

    ***IOA is a proud sponsor of this PFI Field Day.***

  • Tuesday, August 02, 2022 at 01:00 PM
    Rosmann Family Farms in Harlan, IA

    PFI Field Day-Weed Control Strategies in Organic Corn and Soybeans w/ Buffalo Equipment

    Join lifetime PFI member Ron Rosmann, Eric Madsen of Audubon, Iowa, and cultivator specialist Dale Kumpf as they discuss all aspects of Buffalo cultivators and planters. During the event, Ron and Eric will share their organic weed control experiences and cultivator know-how while showcasing their Buffalo equipment. Learn how to improve cultivator settings and fine-tune a planter, and see a cultivator in action. Though Buffalo equipment is featured, concepts and strategies discussed will be relevant to any high-residue cultivator. Kathleen Delate will talk about weed control and crop rotations in organic systems.

    Rosmann Family Farms is a multi-generational diversified crop and livestock operation on 700 acres of certified organic land. The farm consists of cattle, hogs, egg layers and a range of crops, including popcorn, soybeans, corn, small grains, hay and pasture, annual forages and cover crops. Maria operates the farm store, Farm Sweet Farm. Ellen and Daniel operate FarmTable Delivery and a restaurant, Milk & Honey in Harlan, featuring local foods.

    Eric Madsen raises organic crops and livestock with his parents, Vic and Cindy, and will join Ron during the field day to provide additional perspective on mechanical weed management.

    At this in-depth organic field day, there is plenty to see and learn, don’t miss it!

    Speakers: 

    • Kathleen Delate – ISU Extension & Outreach
    • Dale Kumpf – Global Equipment Company
    • Olga Reding – Iowa Organic Association

    See & Discuss:

    • Buffalo cultivators and equipment
    • Oat stubble cultivation
    • Fine-tuning planter and cultivator settings
    • Weed control strategies for organic corn and soybeans
    • A cultivator field demonstration
    • Weed control and crop rotation

    Meal Information: Lunch will be provided following the field day.

     

    For more information or to RSVP for this field day, please REGISTER HERE.

    ***IOA is a proud sponsor of this PFI Field Day.***

     

  • Monday, August 08, 2022 at 09:00 AM · 9 rsvps
    Burtal Farm in Williamsburg, IA

    IOA Field Day: Organic Prairie Farm Management & Seed Production at Burtal Farm in Williamsburg

    Christine, her husband John and daughter Anna, are hosts for this Organic Prairie Farm Management & Seed Production at Burtal Farm near Williamsburg. For the past 23 years, Christine and her family have been committed to using organic farming practices to restore tallgrass prairie on their farm and fulfill their vision of farming in harmony with nature, resulting in improved soil health, clean water and thriving diverse farm habitats. The implementation of prairie restoration practices has helped conserve and enhance farm resources while offering a sustainable family enterprise.

    This field day will include a farm tour with Christine, John, and Anna as they showcase their prairie areas and share about weed management efforts, conservation challenges and their new journey into selling certified organic prairie pollinator seed and plant products for the home gardener (@Etsy, BurtalFarmSeed).  Andrew Olson from UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center will join us during the field day to answer questions and offer resources about prairie restoration opportunities in Iowa.

    Iowa’s vast landscape (85%) was once covered by over 30 million acres of prairie.  Today, less than 0.1% of Iowa’s prairie landscape remains, and yet prairies are the reason Iowa boasts some of the richest soils in the world. Prairie restoration efforts offers a deep-rooted solution for addressing climate challenges, improving soil health, preserving soil nutrients, reducing erosion, enhancing water quality, feeding and managing livestock, and reintroducing critical insect, plant and bird species to foster thriving ecosystem services on the farm and the surrounding environment.

    Society for Ecological Restoration: A Practitioner's Journey of Tallgrass Prairie Restoration

    COST: Free

    REGISTRATION is required for this event, please RSVP below.

    FARM HOST: Christine Taliga and John Burton - BurtalFarmSeed

    The Iowa Organic Association is working to advance organic agriculture and food systems in Iowa.  This field day provides an opportunity to learn more about the organic movement and organic practices, and to network with Iowa’s organic community.

    Funder Acknowledgement:

    This material is based upon work that is supported by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the program agreement with the title "Promoting FSA Programs and Resources Among Women Organic and Small-scale Producers in Iowa". FSA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the FSA and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 09:00 AM · 2 rsvps
    Three Sisters Farm

    IOA Field Day: Organic Transition and Diverse Production Systems at Three Sisters Farm in Williams

    Ortrude Dial, owner and operator of Three Sisters Farm in Williams will host a field day to share about her journey into organic production and showcase her diverse organic farm.  Three Sisters farm was founded in the early 2000’s with a commitment to family, community and stewardship by integrating organic and conservation practices on the farm. Ortrude has been certified organic since 2010, she produces 330 acres of non-GMO and organic grain under a four-year rotation of corn, soybeans, oats, legumes and cover crops, with the remaining 370 acres used for rotational grazing for over 400 ewes.

    In Iowa, organic success relies on strong relationships, connections and shared experiences with other organic producers. This field day will include a farm tour with Ortrude and Matt Miller, another organic farmer from north central Iowa.  Ortrude first met Matt when he was doing organic inspections and then later reconnected after Matt’s PFI Organic Weed Control field day in 2020 where she hired him to help with some weed issues on her farm.  Matt shared cultivation equipment, settings and methods he uses to address weeds so she can manage these situations on her own in the future.

    Both organic farmers will share about their organic farming. background, management of organic crops and livestock, machinery used on the farm, the ups and downs of transition and tactics for entering new markets, as well as the many benefits that organic practices provide on the farm. The program will start and end at the small, historic church located on the farm.

    COST: Free

    REGISTRATION is required for this event, please RSVP below.

    FARM HOST:  Ortrude Dial

    The Iowa Organic Association is working to advance organic agriculture and food systems in Iowa.  This field day provides an opportunity to learn more about the organic movement and organic practices, and to network with Iowa’s organic community.

    Funder Acknowledgement:

    This material is based upon work that is supported by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, under the program agreement with the title "Promoting FSA Programs and Resources Among Women Organic and Small-scale Producers in Iowa". FSA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the FSA and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 09:00 AM · $20.00 USD · 1 rsvp
    The Grainery in Cherokee, IA

    Growing Organic Expertise Workshop - Tools for Organic Transition and Production in Iowa

    The Iowa Organic Association, Dakota’s Best Seed and Northbourne Organic Crop Insurance are partnering to deliver Growing Organic Expertise, a full day workshop for farmers, ag consultants and others interested in learning about organic production, tools and resources to broaden participation and success in the organic industry.

    Organic is the fastest growing agriculture industry in the U.S., increasing 10% annually, and so fast that consumer demand is outstripping some domestic supplies. As the $62B organic market continues to soar – Iowa and Midwest farmers are in a prime position to meet the growing demand for organic production and products while increasing farm profits, ecosystem services and sustainability for future generations.

    This workshop will include presentations in the morning and a field visit after lunch to offer a range of information and resources about the National Organic Program’s standards and requirements, organic transition-certification-inspection, organic production systems, farm management best practices, risk management techniques, organic markets and other tools to encourage success in the organic industry.  

    AGENDA

    • 9:00 a.m. WELCOME
    • 9:15 a.m. About the Iowa Organic Association – Rosalyn Lehman
    • 9:30 a.m. NOP/Certification – Olga Reding (IOA) and Mae Petrehn (Dakota’s Best Seed)
    • 10:30 a.m. Regenerative Organic Certification – Angela Jackson
    • 11:15 a.m. BREAK
    • 11:25 a.m. Crop Insurance for Organic Producers – Megan Vaith (Northbourne Organic Crop Insurance)
    • 11:45 p.m. Organic Markets
    • 12:30 p.m. LUNCH: travel to farm after lunch
    • 1:30 p.m. Farmer Panel: Travis Otto, Paul Mugge, Dan/Lorna Wilson, Scott Ausborn (IOA) - Moderator
    • 3:00 p.m. Farm Tour: Travis Otto
    • 4:00 p.m. Final Comments/Evaluation/ADJOURN   

    COST:  $40 for non-IOA members; $20 for IOA members (includes lunch)

    REGISTRATION is required for this event, please RSVP below.

    FARM HOST:  Travis Otto.

    SPONSORS: