Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Indian Creek Nature Center 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids


  • 9:00-9:15 - Welcome and Introductions (All attendees)

  • 9:15-10:15 - What is “Organic”? (Ben Bowell, Oregon Tilth - history of National Organic Program, basic steps to certification, benefits and challenges of organic, trends, and resources)

  • 10:15-10:30 - BREAK

  • 10:30-11:45 - Organic Regulations and Production Overview (Ben Bowell - organic regulations and production considerations for crop production including nutrient management, pest/weed management, rotations, buffers, land transition, and natural resources/biodiversity)

  • 11:45-12:00 - Organic Resources in Iowa (Wendy Johnson, Iowa Organic Association)

  • 12:00-12:45 - BREAK FOR LUNCH 

  • 12:45-4:00 - Farm Tour (Steve Koepke, Farm Manager and Carl Rosier, Ph.D., Research Director, Rodale Institute Midwest Organic Center, Eztel Sugar Grove Farm, Marion)

  • 4:00 - Adjourn


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