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Iowa Organic Conference set Nov. 24

By Staff | Nov 21, 2008

Farm News staff writer

AMES — The demand for local food and organic products continues to grow. Iowa and Midwest producers can play an active role in meeting this demand.

Those interested in learning more about the organic industry have the opportunity to attend the 8th Annual Iowa Organic Conference on Nov. 24. A trade show will showcase organic businesses, suppliers and information needed in various issues in the organic industry. A four-course lunch features products throughout Iowa and the Midwest.

Morning and afternoon breakout sessions offer conference participants to choose topics of interest to them. Sessions are designed to help those who are considering organic farming, as well as those who are already involved.

Sessions will walk a participant through transitioning to organic, the certification process, developing markets, effect of the farm program to legal issues. There is great potential for more organic producers, this the perfect opportunity to learn more.

Keynote speaker Bob Scowcroft, executive director of Organic Farming Research Foundation, has titled his address Beyond Organic: Practicing Sustainability in Challenging Times.

Scowcroft is a co-founder of OFRF. Its purpose is to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems.

For more information on this upcoming conference, including registration information or a complete conference agenda call (515) 294-6222.

Contact Renae Vander Schaaf at renaefarmnews@gmail.com.

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