THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE 2022 OGRAIN CONFERENCE!
You can find archived presentations at the OGRAIN YouTube Channel.
Join fellow farmers, researchers, and food supply chain partners at the 2022 OGRAIN Annual Winter Conference!
Thursday, January 27th thru Saturday, January 29th at the Gordon Commons Conference Center on the UW–Madison campus
Farmers with interest in organic row crop and small grain production, researchers, and industry partners are invited to attend the Annual Winter OGRAIN Conference. The conference is back in person this year and we are so excited to see you soon.
New this year! The conference will be broken into 2 1-day focus areas. Keynote, panels, and workshops on Friday, January 28th will focus on organic grain and row crop production. Keynote, panels, and workshops on Saturday, January 29th will focus on organic food-grade grain production and marketing.
Conference attendees will hear from two featured speakers. On Friday, January 28th, 5th generation farmer Rick Clark will share insights from his 100% no till, 100% organic 6500 acre farm in West Central, Indiana. Rick has developed and is constantly improving a systematic approach to regenerative farming and is excited to share what he has learned. On Saturday, January 29th, Dr. Nicole Tautges of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and Willie Hughes of W. Hughes Farm and Perennial Promise Growers Cooperative (PPGC) will share about Kernza®, the PPGC, and the economic opportunities and ecological benefits of perennial grains.
In addition to these keynotes, there will be 10+ workshop sessions on topics key to organic grain production and marketing success:
Friday’s morning sessions will include an organic marketing panel including Lynn Clarkson (Clarkson Grain), Ryan Koory (Mercaris), and Megan Vaith, with plenty of time for Q&A, followed by the kenote address by Rick Clark. Friday afternoon will include a discussion of weed zapping and strip tilling, integrating small grains and cover crops into your rotation, integrating livestock into organic corn/soy rotations, and a farmer panel,
Saturday’s agenda, in addition to presentations on Kernza®, will include talks focused on diversifying your rotation with dry beans, growing distilling grains, and two farmer panels: one on planning a diversified rotation, and one on marketing a diversified rotation.