2019 OGRAIN Winter Conference, Thursday-Saturday Jan. 24-26 on the UW-Madison Campus
Thanks to the 200+ farmers, researchers, industry representatives and others who joined us for the 2019 OGRAIN conference! Plan to join us next year on January 23-25, 2020 for another great gathering. Videos of the 2019 presentations will be available at https://ograin.cals.wisc.edu/resources/youtube-videos/ soon.
“Thanks again for putting on such a wonderful conference. We had so much fun and learned so much. It was a great line-up of speakers that brought very useful and challenging info, but also very encouraging and motivating.” Carl Gaudian, Albert Lea Seeds
“I believe this conference has hit the big time! Just because it is relatively young does not keep it from world class status. Timely topics, great speakers, nice venue, awesome staff!” Paul Bickford, Meadowlark Organics
The fourth annual conference for those interested in organic grain production in the Upper Midwest featured 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 were offered. This year there was a special focus on organic no-till and reduced tillage systems. Over 25 businesses provided educational tables and conversation about products and services useful for organic grain operations. An information-filled conference resource book came with the registration fee.
Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute Executive Director, seasoned no-till farmer and researcher joined us Thursday evening and Friday for discussion and intensives on organic no-till. Long-time organic Iowa hog and crop producer Tom Frantzen shared his thoughts Saturday on “Values oriented decision-making, improving every year based on past lessons.”
Jeff and others joined us for a special interactive roundtable discussion on a variety of reduced tillage methods used in organic systems on Thursday evening.
The UW Agronomy department invited those interested to a discussion about the perennial grain Kernza at 6:30 pm on Friday, Jan. 25. OGRAIN Kernza flyer
The conference presented 14 hours of Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors: 2.5 in Soil and Water Management, 2 in Integrated Pest Management, 6.5 in Crop Management and 3 in Professional Development. Details are listed on the schedule page.
Thanks for coming to the 2019 OGRAIN Conference. Look for information this fall about next year’s conference, Jan 23-25, 2020!
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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