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2023 OGRAIN Conference

January 26, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - January 28, 2023 @ 4:30 pm CST


The 2023 OGRAIN Conference will take place Friday, January 27 through Saturday, January 28th with an optional Regenerative Organic Event Thursday, January 26th.

The seventh annual conference for those interested in organic grain production in the Upper Midwest will feature expert farmers, researchers and industry representatives sharing their knowledge, along with ample opportunity for networking and discussion. Speakers, panelists, and round table discussions will  highlight issues important to organic grain farmers. New this year, there will be a track that focuses on culinary grain production, in addition to the extensive information for row-crop producers. Businesses will also be represented to provide educational tables and conversation about products and services useful for organic grain operations.

Early Bird registration is $90 (includes Friday and Saturday) until December 25th, 2022, $100 thereafter.

Attending just Friday or Saturday is $60 per day. The Thursday optional event is $50 in addition.

You can register online here: OGRAIN Annual Winter Conference Registration

View the conference agenda here! 

Download the 2023 OGRAIN Conference Agenda here!

The 2023 OGRAIN Conference Keynote Speakers:

Carmen Fernholz, a 2022 Organic Pioneer Award Winner with the Rodale Institute, is a family farmer in Minnesota and has been foundational in setting organic certification standards. Carmen has spent much of his career organizing farmers through various organizations, including the Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM), the University of Minnesota, and most recently, the Perennial Promise Growers Coop

Theresa Marquez, Organic Valley Mission Executive and Lola Milholland, CEO of Umi’s Noodles.

Theresa Marquez is a long time advocate for organic.. She joined CROPP Cooperative, the nation’s largest organic, farmer-owned co-op and owner of the Organic Valley brand, in 1995 as Chief Marketing Executive and was instrumental in growing the Cooperative and Brand from $5m to 1.2 billion( 2019 sales). She received the Organic Trade Association’s 2010 Organic Leadership Award for Achievement in Growing the Organic Industry. During her career, she served 11 years on the Board of the Organic Trade Association and was the founding president of The Organic Center. Currently she is retired from CROPP and continues her dedication to the value of organic science and research through her work with the Health in the Heartland Research Alliance – HH-RA –  researching the impact of pesticides in the MW on moms and infants. Her weekly podcast and radio show interviewing change makers in food and ag,  can be accessed on the HH-RA website:  Heartland Stories Radio.com and also on a variety of podcasts and community radio outlets.

Lola Milholland is a small food business owner, social practice artist, and writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. She runs Umi Organic, a noodle company that makes the first fresh certified organic ramen noodles for groceries in the U.S. Umi’s ramen noodles won a 2021 Good Food Award and its yakisoba noodles were named one of the best school lunches in the nation! Lola’s writing has been published by GastronomicaLucky PeachOregon Humanities, and Edible Portland. She writes a regular Substack newsletter and her debut book will be published by Spiegel & Grau in 2024. 


Hotel Options

We have a limited number of rooms reserved for conference attendees at turned-down rates at the DoubleTree and Hampton Inn & Suites near the Gordon Event Center.

The Hampton Inn & Suites Madison Downtown at 440 West Johnson St. has reserved rooms for $119.00/night + taxes. All of the rooms come with hot complimentary breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, onsite parking for $15/night and all rooms are backed by the 100% Hampton Happiness Guarantee. Reservations may be made by calling the Hampton Inn & Suites Madison Downtown direct at 608-255-0360 and mentioning the OGRAIN Conference group block. Guestroom blocks will be held until 12/30/2022 and there is a 48 hr cancellation policy.

The DoubleTree Hotel Downtown Madison has reserved rooms for $135.00/night+ taxes. All of the rooms come with complementary WiFi and a complimentary local and airport shuttle service (yes, there will be a free hotel shuttle to the conference in the morning leaving at 7:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Attendees can call 608-251-5511 for free afternoon/evening transport), onsite parking for $15/night. Reservations may be made by calling the DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown direct at 608-251-5511 or book online with this unique linkGuestroom blocks will be held until 01/05/2023 and there is a 24 hr cancellation policy.


January 26, 2023 @ 5:30 pm CST
January 28, 2023 @ 4:30 pm CST
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Gordon Event Center
770 W Dayton St
Madison, WI 53706
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