Hosted by the Iowa Organic Association and Practical Farmers of Iowa.
Join the Iowa Organic Association for the second event in its field day series. Scott Ausborn will host a field day at his family farm at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 11th, co-hosted by Practical Farmers of Iowa. This field day will review what fields to convert first; crop rotations including small grains and cover crops; budgets; weed control; fertility; and recordkeeping. You'll tour an oat field underseeded with alfalfa and red clover, and view equipment essential for organic farming. Scott Ausborn, along with his father, Jack, will share some of the challenges and decisions that transitioning to organic can involve. Experienced organic farmers Seth Smith and Paul Mugge will also share experiences with organic crop farming and advanced organic weed control.
The Family Farm Field Day features instructional and hands-on workshops and speakers series focused on healthy rural living.
More than 100 vendors will be showcasing and selling items that support rural lifestyle and farming practices.
Home-cooked Amish food, corn mazes, story time, and lots of family-friendly activities.
Many Iowa landowners would like to transition their cropland to organic but don't know how to start. Whether you are trying to transition land out of CRP or you're thinking about making a transition with a tenant farmer, this field day will help answer your questions. Come tour Upper Iowa Organics on Saturday, August 19th at 1:00 PM. Farmowner Marty Grimm transitioned his land out of CRP into organic cropland and utilized EQIP grants to help grow his farm. He works with a tenant to farm 30 acres of organic row crops and helped his tenant become comfortable with organic management. Marty also manages an organic composting business and will share the ins and outs of creating high quality compost in Iowa. Finally, Marty will introduce the rare breeds of livestock that he keeps on his farm and their contribution to the farm ecosystem. This field day will highlight the benefits of having a diversified organic farming operation. Join us!
Wed August 30, 2017
Soil Fertility in Organic Grain Production
John Paul Franks has been gradually transitioning his 140-acre grain farm to organic production since 2010, certifying his first acreage in 2013. He shares the hows and whys of his farm’s transition, focusing on managing risk during the switch. He and John Martin, a longtime organic farmer from Williamsburg, also cover soil health and maximizing available organic nitrogen sources. Martin has been managing his soil fertility organically for over 30 years, and routinely grows 200-bushel organic corn.
Join the Iowa Organic Association and the Practical Farmers of Iowa for the final event in its 2017 field day series. This field day, hosted at the Rosmann Family Farm on Saturday, September 9th at 1:00 PM, will focus on organic crop and swine production and will be of special interest for farmers exploring organic transition. The Rosmanns have tried various housing options for farrowing pigs in their organic and GAP-certified farrow-to-finish swine operation. After years of experimenting, they recently built a new hoop building for farrowing which they will highlight at the field day. The Rosmanns will also discuss water quality and the edge-of-field practices such as field borders, buffer strips, and agroforestry practices they use to protect their local waterways.
The Molly Caren Agricultural Center (MCAC) near London, Ohio is home to the Farm Science Review and attracts upwards of 140,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada, who come for three days to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, and learn the latest in agricultural production. The educational programs feature Ohio State and Purdue specialists and are second to none in the agricultural exhibition world.
Tue November 14, 2017 - Thu November 16, 2017
Conference and Trade Show - Nugget Casino Resort
The Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show is a one-of-a-kind event for commercial-scale sustainable and organic agriculture. Well over a thousand people from around the world gather together to tap the knowledge of some of agriculture’s brightest minds. Join us for the most useful event you’ll attend all year!
The largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 65 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging Roundtables, and a resource-packed Exhibit Hall with over 170 vendors.