The Organic Grain Resource and Information Network (OGRAIN) offers an educational framework for developing organic grain production in the Upper Midwest. Whether you farm 10 acres or 10,000, are an experienced organic grower or just considering the transition to organic, OGRAIN provides learning opportunities to improve your organic row crop and small grain operation. From weed control to marketing, grain storage to termination of specific cover crops, the OGRAIN community of experienced growers, researchers, industry experts and others is here to support you.

OGRAIN supported activities include on-farm field days, an annual winter conference, an active producer listserve, educational resources including videos and fact sheets, and a mentoring program.

Join the OGRAIN listserv by emailing join-ograin@lists.wisc.edu  to enjoy highly informative conversations with experienced growers – or find  OGRAIN on Facebook.

OGRAIN is a collaborative effort of the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC), UW-Madison/UWEX Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems lab, and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). The Network is supported by a grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 OGRAIN Winter Conference, Friday January 25 – Saturday January 26, 2019 on the UW-Madison Campus.

Look for more information here later this fall!

NEW! OGRAIN Resource – one-on-one technical assistance by phone/email

MOSES, in partnership with OGRAIN, has hired a veteran organic grain farmer, Dave Bishop of PrairiErth Farm, as a contractor to answer your calls & e-mails relating to diversified organic grain production, row crop transition, machinery, and related topics. Farmers in the OGRAIN network will receive timely, customized advice from Dave, we’re very pleased to have his expertise available to the community. Read more about Dave here. For more information call MOSES at (715) 778-5775 or e-mail davebishop@mosesorganic.org  


August 29, 2018: Diversifying organic grain rotations with alternative crops
Lily Lake Organic Farm, 4N852 Wooley Rd, Maple Park, IL 60151
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The focus of this field day, hosted by Lily Lake Organic Farm, will be on growing dual-purpose buckwheat as a cash crop and as a cover crop. Buckwheat increases soil health and reduces the need for tillage, and can be profitable as a cash crop. In addition, learn about another cover crop superstar: sorghum sudangrass. This cover crop is invaluable in controlling Canada thistle, and a great soil builder as well. Various pieces of equipment for controlling weeds in grain crops will be on display. We will discuss the use and effectiveness of each tool.
To register, visit https://mosesorganic.org/events/organic-field-days/

For more information on any of these events, or for further information about OGRAIN, contact Erin Silva, emsilva@wisc.edu, 608-890-1503