2023 OGRAIN Winter Conference

The 2023 OGRAIN Winter Conference will be held January 27-28, 2023 at the UW-Madison campus. Our 7th annual conference will continue to connect organic grain growers with new research and the robust organic grain community of the upper Midwest. Come learn and network! Further information including the agenda and keynote speakers can be found here. Registration is now open. If your organization is interested in sponsoring the event, you can find details here.

Connect with the organic grain community

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


The Organic Grain Resource and Information Network (OGRAIN) offers an educational framework for supporting 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 works with university researchers, extension experts, and community partners to develop and share resources, build relationships, and connect with farmers and other organic grain stakeholders. OGRAIN is led by Dr. Erin Silva, UW-Madison Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Organic Agriculture. UW-Madison partners include the Cereals Breeding and Quantitative Genetics and Seed to Kitchen Collaborative programs, as well as nonprofit stakeholders including the Artisan Grain Collaborative, MOSES, and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

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 a wide range of videos on OGRAIN’s YouTube channel, featuring farmer interviews, in-depth discussions of cultivation, and archived presentations from past conferences.

OGRAIN-supported activities include on-farm field events, virtual workshops, 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 was supported by the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, grant number 2017-70017-26856