2019 OGRAIN Winter Conference, Thursday-Saturday Jan. 24-26 on the UW-Madison Campus.
This fourth 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. Fifteen workshops highlighting issues important to organic grain farmers will be offered. This year there is a special focus on organic no-till and reduced tillage systems. Over 25 businesses will provide educational tables and conversation about products and services useful for organic grain operations. An information-filled conference resource book comes with the registration fee.
Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute Executive Director, seasoned no-till farmer and researcher will join us Thursday evening and Friday for discussion and intensives on organic no-till. Long-time organic Iowa hog and crop producer Tom Frantzen will share his thoughts Saturday on “Values oriented decision-making, improving every year based on past lessons.”
Jeff and others will join us for a special interactive roundtable discussion on a variety of reduced tillage methods used in organic systems, available for an additional fee on Thursday evening.
Registration for the two-day program is only $70 if paid by January 11. January 12-21 the price will be $90, and limited walk-in tickets will be available at the door for $100. The Thursday roundtable registration is $18.
Businesses interested in sponsoring the conference can find information here 2019 Sponsor Packet.
“OGRAIN 2018 was one of the most beneficial conferences I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending, and I have attended numerous other conferences over the years. What initially drew me to this conference was the primary focus on grains and no-till. It truly delivered on everything I was looking for and I came away with more ideas, knowledge, and excitement than I expected. Thank you for putting it on, I know a tremendous amount of work and planning went into it – and it showed. “
–Ryan Butzow, 2018 Conference attendee
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).
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