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Iowa Organic Association hosting transition workshops; one in Fairfield

Feb 21, 2017

AMES — Iowa Organic Association will hold three winter workshops for farmers considering a transition to organic production.

Workshops will be held March 3 in Fairfield, March 10 in Storm Lake and March 11 in Cedar Falls. Each workshop is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The $10 cost includes lunch.

Registration is open at http://bit.ly/2017transition.

Iowa Organic Association Organic Transition Workshop speakers include:

• Margaret Smith. She works for Iowa State University as a value-added agriculture Extension specialist in addition to co-managing an organic grain, forage, and livestock farm near Hampton. Her education includes a master’s degree from Iowa State University in crop production and physiology and a doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in crop ecology and production.

• Paul Mugg. He is an organic farmer from Sutherland. He grew up on the farm where he now lives and works. He attended Iowa State University 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.

According to the Iowa Organic Association, there is a growing demand for U.S.-grown organic field crops and now is a prime time to consider transitioning a portion of commodity acres to organic production.

Farmers considering a transition to organic production will learn about the economics of organic transition, weed management on organic farms, and crop insurance options for transitioning and certified organic crops during the workshop.

For more information, contact the Iowa Organic Association at 563-447-0462 or email Toby Cain at education@iowaorganic.org.

The Iowa Organic Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the advancement of Iowa’s organic food and farming system. The association was founded in 2006 and serves as an umbrella association to represent all of Iowa’s organic farmers, gardeners, food and farm businesses and consumers in building a more sustainable Iowa.

The workshop series is made possible by Iowa Organic Association with help from the USDA’s Risk Management Agency.


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