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IOA hosting organic transition workshop

By Staff | Mar 8, 2017

STORM LAKE – Because there is a growing demand for U.S.-grown organic field crops, the Iowa Organic Association said now is a prime time for farmers to consider transitioning a portion of their commodity acres to organic production.

To learn about the economics of organic transition, weed management on organic farms, crop insurance options for transitioning and certified organic crops the IOA is hosting a workshop from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 10 in Storm Lake.

The workshop will feature Iowa organic experts. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. Registration is open at http://bit.ly/2017transition.

Speakers on March 10 include:

  • Margaret Smith, an Iowa State University Extension value-added agriculture specialist. She co-manages an organic grain, forage and livestock farm near Hampton.
  • Paul Mugge, an organic farmer from Sutherland. He grew up on the farm where he lives and works. Mugge attended ISU and worked as an engineer before returning to the family farm in 1976. He is a lifelong environmentalist and his farm management has been a progression from conventional, to sustainable, to completely organic since 2001.

For more information, please contact the IOA at (563) 447-0462 or email Toby Cain at education@iowaorganic.org.

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