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.

Winter 20-21 at OGRAIN
Join OGRAIN for a number of stimulating online activities this winter. Visit the events page to explore options, including weekly Friday Workshop Series: How to stay afloat in stormy waters – Managing for low organic commodity crop price, and monthly Tuesday noontime discussion groups on either Building carbon-positive organic systems with reduced tillage and cover crops or Food-grade cereal grain production. Also, plan to join OGRAIN at the 2021 virtual MOSES Conference, Growing Stronger: Collaborative Conference on Organic & Sustainable Farming.

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

Check out OGRAIN’s web educational resources offering numerous videos and fact sheets. Highlights include the series The Art and Science of Cultivation, featuring experienced organic farmer and consultant Gary McDonald discussing row crop cultivation: tools, techniques, modifications and adjustments. Also OGRAIN Conference workshop videos.

Historically, and hopefully in the future, OGRAIN-supported activities include on-farm field events, and annual winter conference.

OGRAIN offers the latest organic grain research and information generated by UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW Extension, and collaborating farmers. 

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

This project is supported by the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, grant number 2017-70017-26856