The Organic Grain Resource and Information Network (OGRAIN) offers an educational framework for developing organic grain production in the Upper Midwest. Whether you farm 10 acres or 10,000, are an experienced organic grower or just considering the transition to organic, OGRAIN provides learning opportunities to improve your organic row crop and small grain operation. From weed control to marketing, grain storage to termination of specific cover crops, the OGRAIN community of experienced growers, researchers, industry experts and others is here to support you.

OGRAIN works with university researchers, extension experts, and community partners to develop and share resources, build relationships, and connect with farmers and other organic grain stakeholders. UW-Madison partners include the Cereals Breeding and Quantitative Genetics and Seed to Kitchen Collaborative programs, as well as nonprofit stakeholders including the Artisan Grain Collaborative, MOSES, and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

Join the OGRAIN listserv by emailing ograin+subscribe@g-groups.wisc.edu  to enjoy highly informative conversations with experienced growers – or find  OGRAIN on Facebook.

Check out OGRAIN’s web educational resources offering numerous videos and fact sheets. Highlights include the series The Art and Science of Cultivation, featuring experienced organic farmer and consultant Gary McDonald discussing row crop cultivation: tools, techniques, modifications and adjustments. Also OGRAIN Conference workshop videos.

Historically, and hopefully in the future, OGRAIN-supported activities include on-farm field events, and annual winter conference.

OGRAIN offers the latest organic grain research and information generated by UW-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW Extension, and collaborating farmers. 

For more information on any of these events, or for further information about OGRAIN, contact Erin Silva, emsilva@wisc.edu, 608-890-1503

This project was supported by the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, grant number 2017-70017-26856