Iowa Organic Conference Nov. 16-17

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Abbe Hills Farm, Mt. Vernon, uses organic practices to grow the many vegetables for its CSA.

The 14th annual Iowa Organic Conference will be Nov. 16-17 on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. Excerpts from the news release announcing the conference (below) includes links for more information and to register.

The 14th Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 16-17 on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, as a joint effort between Iowa State University and the UI Office of Sustainability. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.

The conference keynote speaker is Mary Berry, daughter of Wendell Berry, novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer: http://www.berrycenter.org/executive-director/

A reception, featuring local and organic food and drinks will kick off the conference on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in the UI Memorial Union, followed by the movie, “Fresh” at 7 p.m., which explores the growing influence of local and organic markets in the U.S. http://www.freshthemovie.com

Sessions for those interested in learning about the latest techniques for transitioning into organic farming, or improving organic operation, will include lessons on weed management, nutrient management, pest management and livestock integration. The conference also includes information on how to begin farming, soil and water quality initiatives and government programs, crop insurance, compliance with food safety regulations, alternative energy projects, and markets for organic grain, vegetable and fruit crops.

“The Iowa Organic Conference is the largest University-sponsored organic conference in the country,”said Kathleen Delate, ISU organic agriculture specialist, http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/organicag/.

The cost of the conference is $95 on or before Nov. 7 and $115 after Nov. 7. Conference information is available online at http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/2014-iowa-organic-conference/ with the link to registration at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/102901

For additional conference information and directions to the conference, visit the webpage or contact Delate at kdelate@iastate.edu.
 
Conference partners include Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, New Pioneer Co-op, Organic Valley, Iowa Dept. of Ag. and Land Stewardship, and Practical Farmers of Iowa.

-Carol Brown

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