2020 OGRAIN Winter Conference, Friday-Saturday Jan. 24-25 on the UW-Madison Campus
The fifth annual conference for those interested in organic grain production in the Upper Midwest will feature 25+ expert farmers, researchers and industry representatives sharing their knowledge, along with ample opportunity for networking and discussion. Workshops and discussion will highlight issues important to organic grain farmers. Over 25 businesses will provide educational tables and conversation about products and services useful for organic grain operations. An information-filled conference resource book will be included with the registration fee.
Keynote speaker and special 2020 guest will be Thor Oechsner, founder and owner of Oechsner Farm in South Central New York where he manages 1,200 acres, raising a wide diversity of organic grains primarily for food-grade and craft beverage markets. Farmer and philosopher Fred Kirschemann will also inspire us with his thoughts.
We will be offering Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors.
Cost for the two-day conference is $80 if paid by January 10. A light breakfast, snack, and lunch are included. Evening meal is on your own and not included in the registration fee. Cost will be $90 between Jan 11 and Jan 20, payment at the door will be $100. Sorry, there is no one-day fee.
Are you interested in exploring the financial implications of various organic crop rotations on your farm? Attend a special small group session for individual training on the OGRAIN Compass financial spreadsheet. Bring your laptop and financial records to work with Compass developers to explore this new tool. Groups offered on Friday Jan.24 at 10:30, 1:00 and 2:30. Please email Jody to reserve a spot.
Registration is online using a credit card. If you prefer to send a check, register by filling out this form and sending to the address indicated.
Businesses interested in sponsoring the conference can find information here Sponsor OGRAIN 2020 conference.
This conference was made possible by a grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. OGRAIN is a collaborative effort of the UW-Madison/UWEX Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems lab, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC), and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).
Further support has been provided by: