NebOrganicGrainProgram

Starting an Organic Grain Farming Operation
– What You Need to Know
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 * 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center 1071 County Road G * Ithaca, NE

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This Jan. 30, 2020 program at the University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center near Mead, NE

is for those seeking information on what is required

to grow organic corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum and forage crops.

**** 1/29/2020 Update - Please note that we have reached seating capacity for this workshop and are not accepting additional registrations at this time. If you would like to watch the conference via Zoom, it will be broadcast online on Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at https://unl.zoom.us/j/597250132. Thank you..****

Learn FROM presenters with experience in Organic Grain Production

presenters

8:30 a.m.        Registration

9:00 a.m        Welcome - Gary Lesoing, Nebraska Extension Educator

9:05 a.m        The Mental Transitioning from Conventional to Organic Farming

                          Dave Welsch - Certified Organic Farmer since 1993 – Milford, NE

Discussion on how to prepare mentally for the complexity of an organic farming operation.  Items discussed include managing multiple crops (adding small grains and forages) and a more diverse equipment line; how to be prepared for peer pressure from neighbors or simply how to be prepared for having a few weeds in your once weed free fields; and the importance of everyone in the operation being on board with transitioning to organic farming will also be discussed.

9:35 p.m.       Farming System Strategies for Success in Organics

                          Joel Gruver – Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainability Ag – Western Illinois University

This presentation will explore how tillage systems, crop and cover crop diversity and sequencing, crop and cover crop row spacing including solar corridors, integrated crop-livestock systems and other farming system strategies are used to effectively manage weeds, pests, nutrient availability and soil/crop health on successful organic grain farms across the Midwest region including Western Illinois University's Organic Research farm. 

10:05 a.m.      Break

10:20 a.m.      Farming System Strategies for Success in Organics – continued

11:15 a.m.       Weed Management in Organic Row Crops

                          Joel Gruver – Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainability Ag – Western Illinois University

This presentation will explore the integration of direct weed control tools that terminate weeds with farming system strategies that reduce weed pressure on successful organic row-crop farms. Emphasis will be placed on both the organic weed control toolbox including novel technologies and the management skills that are required to use these tools effectively.  

12:00 p.m.      Lunch 

 12:45 p.m.     Organic Certification- From Application to Certification Decision

                          Clayton Blagburn, Certification Specialist - OneCert Organization Inc.– Lincoln, NE

An overview of the organic certification process, National Organic Program Regulations, and some resources available to producers considering organic certification.  The presentation will highlight the requirements of an Organic System Plan, what to expect at inspection, record-keeping requirements, and certification time frame.  There will also be opportunity to ask questions for more discussion with a local certification agency.

1:30 p.m.      Organic Grain Marketing

                         Alex Wolf, Scoular Organic Grain Manager – Omaha, NE   

An overview of the supply and demand fundamentals of the organic market, including a breakdown of the various demand sectors and how the market has grown over time.  We’ll also go over how producers can find organic markets and the basics of contracting.

       

2:00 p.m.       The Importance of Cover Crops in an Organic Rotation

                          Jim Starr, Joel & Jim Starr Partnership – Hastings, NE

Cover crops can provide enough N to grow organic crops that rival conventional crops in both yield and weed control.   They also can provide erosion control and increase organic matter and biology in the soil.  The cover crops make the organic rotation work       

2:30 p.m.       Speakers Panel                                       

3:00 p.m.       Evaluation

3:15 p.m.         Adjourn

 

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Registration

Use the link below to reserve your seat to ensure workshop materials are available the day of the program and for meal planning purposes.  Pre-register by Tuesday, January 28, 2020. 

**** 1/29/2020 Update - Please note that we have reached seating capacity for this workshop and are not accepting additional registrations at this time. If you would like to watch the conference via Zoom, it will be broadcast online on Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. at https://unl.zoom.us/j/597250132. Thank you..****

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Questions?

Contact:  Keith Glewen, Nebraska Extension Educator,  kglewen1@unl.edu, (402)624-8030, or (800)529-8030

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