Tuesday, Jan. 15 Milbank, S.D.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 Willmar, MN.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 Dubuque, Iowa

Tuesday, Feb. 12 Altamont, IL.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 Piper City, IL.

West Des Moines, Iowa March 11

 

Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

Only beginning farmers, those who have been in business

less than 10 years are eligible for the $200 farm and travel allowance.

Contact Us to Learn More. 515.598.4674

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FarmStarts Mentor Forum

One-Day FarmStarts Schedule

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Presenters

Curtis Mahnken

 UMN Center for Farm Financial Management

Angie Tunink

Organic Crop Improvement Association

TJ Boortz

National Farmers

Organics Marketer

Guy Jodarski, DVM

Organic Valley

Lead Veterinarian

Dale Nordquist

Assc. Dir., UMN Center for Farm Financial Management

Al Smith

Optimum Service Group Crop Insurance

John Bobbe

Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing

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 Paul Dettloff-D.V.M Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative

 Oren Holle

Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing

Tim Ennis

National Farmers

Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines

Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist

Will Ortman

Windberry Acres Organic Grain Producer

Mark Kopecky

Organic Valley

Soil Agronomist

Carmen Fernholz

Organic Farmers for Relationship Marketing

The demand for organic grain and organic milk has grown dramatically over the past 15 years. And it is expected to increase significantly over the next 15. In general, the cost versus income barrier is monumental, and prevents people from entering farming who wish to consider it. The superior profitability of organic milk and grain makes organic farming more affordable for the beginning farmer.

 

Our program, FarmStarts, will provide training for beginning farmers who have been in the business for less than 10 years. We will develop producers in the following areas:

  • Organic Grain Operation Practices
  • Organic Dairy Operation Practices
  • Organic Dairy Markets and Marketing
  • Organic Grain Markets and Marketing
  • Ag Risk Management and Crop Insurance
  • Transitioning to Organic
  • Organic Certification
  • Farm Financial Management

 

Conventional and organic producers are welcome. Several of the day’s educational sessions apply to both conventional and organic producers. Each person should register individually. Registration is free.

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The demand for organic grain and organic milk has grown dramatically over the past 15 years. And it is expected to increase significantly over the next 15. In general, the cost versus income barrier is monumental, and prevents people from entering farming who wish to consider it. The superior profitability of organic milk and grain makes organic farming more affordable for the beginning farmer.

 

Our program, FarmStarts, will provide training for beginning farmers who have been in the business for less than 10 years. We will develop producers in the following areas:

  • Organic Grain Operation Practices
  • Organic Dairy Operation Practices
  • Organic Dairy Markets and Marketing
  • Organic Grain Markets and Marketing
  • Ag Risk Management and Crop Insurance
  • Transitioning to Organic
  • Organic Certification
  • Farm Financial Management

 

Conventional and organic producers are welcome. Several of the day’s educational sessions apply to both conventional and organic producers. Each person should register individually. Registration is free.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 15 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Milbank Visitors Center 1001 East 4th Ave., Milbank SD 57252 9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions — Tim Ennis, National Farmers host 9:30 a.m. Organic Crop Insurance — Al Smith, National Farmers Crop Insurance 10:00 a.m. Organic Certification Basics — Angie Tunink, Organic Crop Improvement Association 10:45 a.m. Break 11:00 a.m. Ensuring Healthy Livestock — Dr. Guy Jodarski, Organic Valley Staff Veternarian Noon Lunch and Organic Farmer Videos 12:45 p.m. Financial Planning & Management for Organic Grain Production — Pauline Van Nurden, assistant extension professor, Department of Applied Economics 1:30 p.m. How to Market Organic Grains — Tim Boortz, National Farmers 2:00 p.m. Organic Practices that Really Work — Carmen Fernholz, Experienced Organic Producer and OFARM board member 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. Introduction to OFARM — John Bobbe, Organic Farmers for Relationship Marketing 3:30 p.m. Post Program Survey 4:00 p.m. Adjourn
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ridgewater College Student Center-Room A-240 (second floor) 2101 15th Ave NW Willmar, MN 56201 9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions — Tim Ennis, National Farmers host 9:30 a.m. Organic Crop Insurance — Al Smith, National Farmers Crop Insurance 10:00 a.m. Organic Certification Basics — Angie Tunink, Organic Crop Improvement Association 10:45 a.m. Break 11:00 a.m. Ensuring Healthy Livestock — Dr. Guy Jodarski, Organic Valley Staff Veternarian Noon Lunch and Organic Farmer Videos 12:45 p.m. Financial Planning & Management for Organic Grain Production — Pauline Van Nurden, assistant extension professor, Department of Applied Economics 1:30 p.m. How to Market Organic Grains — Tim Boortz, National Farmers 2:00 p.m. Organic Practices that Really Work — Carmen Fernholz, Experienced Organic Producer and OFARM board member 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. Introduction to OFARM — John Bobbe, Organic Farmers for Relationship Marketing 3:30 p.m. Post Program Survey 4:00 p.m. Adjourn
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Grand Harbor Resort Meeting Room 6 350 Bell Street Dubuque, Iowa 9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions — Tim Ennis, National Farmers host 9:30 a.m. Organic Crop Insurance — Al Smith, National Farmers Crop Insurance 10:00 a.m. Financial Comparisons Between Conventional and Organic Dairying — Dr. Larry Tranel, Dairy Specialist, Iowa State University 10:45 a.m. Break 11:00 a.m. What is Organic and How Do I Start — Daryl Hinderman, Organic Valley, Farm Transition Consultant Noon Lunch and Organic Farmer Videos 12:45 p.m. Financial Management for Organic Farms — Curtis Mahnken, Ag Economist, University of Minnesota 1:30 p.m. How to Market Organic Grains — Program Manager, Tim Boortz, NForganics program manager, National Farmers 2:00 p.m. Organic Weed Control and Soil Fertility—Wayne Wangsness, Grain and Egg Producer 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. Introduction to OFARM — John Bobbe, consultant, Organic Farmers for Relationship Marketing 3:30 p.m. Post Program Survey 4:00 p.m. Adjourn
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Carriage House Event Center I70 exit 82 8 West Carriage Lane Altamont, IL 62411 9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions — Tim Ennis, National Farmers host 9:30 a.m. Organic Crop Insurance — Mike Kleaving, National Farmers Crop Insurance 10:00 a.m. Organic Certification Basics — Angie Tunink, executive director, Research and Education, Organic Crop Improvement Association 10:45 a.m. Break 11:00 a.m. What is Organic and How Do I Start — Daryl Hinderman, Organic Valley, Farm Transition Consultant Noon Lunch and Organic Farmer Videos 12:45 p.m. Financial Management for Organic Farms — Curtis Mahnken, Ag Economist, University of Minnesota 1:30 p.m. How to Market Organic Grains — Merle Kramer, Marketing Director, MOFC 2:00 p.m. Organic Practices that Really Work — Ted Weydert, President, MOFC and experienced organic grain producer 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. Introduction to OFARM — John Bobbe, consultant, Organic Farmers for Relationship Marketing 3:30 p.m. Post Program Survey 4:00 p.m. Adjourn
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Midwest Organic Farmers Co-op 604 S Green Street Piper City, IL 60959 9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions — Tim Ennis, National Farmers host 9:30 a.m. Organic Crop Insurance — Mike Kleaving, National Farmers Crop Insurance 10:00 a.m. Organic Certification Basics — Angie Tunink, executive director, Research and Education, Organic Crop Improvement Association 10:45 a.m. Break 11:00 a.m. What is Organic and How Do I Start — Daryl Hinderman, Organic Valley, Farm Transition Consultant Noon Lunch and Organic Farmer Videos 12:45 p.m. Financial Management for Organic Farms — Curtis Mahnken, Ag Economist, University of Minnesota 1:30 p.m. How to Market Organic Grains — Merle Kramer, Marketing Director, MOFC 2:00 p.m. Organic Practices that Really Work — Ted Weydert, President, MOFC and experienced organic grain producer 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. Introduction to OFARM — John Bobbe, consultant, Organic Farmers for Relationship Marketing 3:30 p.m. Post Program Survey 4:00 p.m. Adjourn
  • Monday, March 11 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. West Des Moines, Iowa Topics Covered Organic Certification Basics How to Market Organic Grains Organic Farmer Videos Financial Management of Organic Farms Organic Practices That Really Work Organic Crop Insurance Introduction to Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing

Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

 

Only beginning farmers, those who have been in business less than 10 years

are eligible for the $200 farm and travel allowance.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 15 Milbank, S.D.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 Willmar, MN.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 Dubuque, Iowa

Tuesday, Feb. 12 Altamont, IL.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 Piper City, IL.

West Des Moines, Iowa March 11

 

 

Presenters

Curtis Mahnken

UMN Center for Farm Financial Management

Angie Tunink

Organic Crop

Improvement Association

Tim Boortz

National Farmers Organics Marketer

Guy Jodarski, DVM

Organic Valley

Lead Veterinarian

Dale Nordquist

Assoc. Dir., UMN Center for Farm Financial Management

Al Smith

Optimum Service Group Crop Insurance

John Bobbe

Executive Director

OFARM

Carmen Fernholz

Organic Farmers for Relationship Marketing

Tim Ennis

National Farmers

Host

Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines

Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist

Paul Dettloff-D.V.M Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative

Will Ortman

Windberry Acres Organic Grain Producer

Mark Kopecky

Organic Valley

Soil Agronomist

The demand for organic grain and organic milk has grown dramatically over the past 15 years. And it is expected to increase significantly over the next 15. In general, the cost versus income barrier is monumental, and prevents people from entering farming who wish to consider it. The superior profitability of organic milk and grain makes organic farming more affordable for the beginning farmer.

 

Our program, FarmStarts, will provide training for beginning farmers who have been in the business for less than 10 years. We will develop producers in the following areas:

  • Organic Grain Operation Practices
  • Organic Dairy Operation Practices
  • Organic Dairy Markets and Marketing
  • Organic Grain Markets and Marketing
  • Ag Risk Management and Crop Insurance
  • Transitioning to Organic
  • Organic Certification
  • Farm Financial Management

 

Conventional and organic producers are welcome. Several of the day’s educational sessions apply to both conventional and organic producers. Each person should register individually. Registration is free.

One-Day FarmStarts Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 15 Milbank, S.D.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 Willmar, MN.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 Dubuque, Iowa

Tuesday, Feb. 12 Altamont, IL.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 Piper City, IL.

Monday, March 11 West Des Moines, Iowa

Curtis Mahnken

UMN Center for Farm Financial Management

Angie Tunink

Organic Crop Improvement Association

TJ Boortz

National Farmers

Organics Marketer

Guy Jodarski, DVM

Organic Valley

Lead Veterinarian

Dale Nordquist

Assoc. Dir., UMN Center for Farm Financial Management

Al Smith

Optimum Service Group Crop Insurance

John Bobbe

Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing

Carmen Fernholz

Organic Farmers for Relationship Marketing

 Paul Dettloff-D.V.M Organic Valley/CROPP Coop

Tim Ennis

National Farmers

Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines

Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist

Will Ortman

Windberry Acres Organic Grain Producer

Mark Kopecky

Organic Valley

Soil Agronomist

Tuesday, Jan. 15 Milbank, S.D.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 Willmar, MN.

Tuesday, Feb. 5 Dubuque, Iowa

Tuesday, Feb. 12 Altamont, IL.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 Piper City, IL.

Monday, March 11 West Des Moines, Iowa