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.
- 9:00 a.m. WELCOME
- 9:15 a.m. About the Iowa Organic Association – Rosalyn Lehman
- 9:30 a.m. National Organic Program | Organic 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)
- 12:00 p.m. Organic Programs and Resources - Amanda Weigel (Iowa FSA)
- 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
- 2:30 p.m. Farm Tour: Travis Otto, organic farmer, Cherokee
- 4:00 p.m. Final Comments/Evaluation/ADJOURN
COST: $40 for non-IOA members; $20 for IOA members (includes farm-to-table lunch)
REGISTRATION is required for this event, please RSVP below.
FARM HOST: Travis Otto
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.
Cherokee, IA 51012
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