One-Day 2017 FarmStarts Schedule
Wednesday Jan. 25 —Springfield, Missouri
Tuesday April 4 — Walnut Creek, Ohio
Wednesday April 5 — St. Henry, Ohio
Thursday April 6 — Battle Creek, Michigan
Dr. Francis Thicke
National Organic Standards Board Member
Beginning Farmers Explore Production, Business and Marketing
Organic Crop Improvement Association
Guy Jodarski, DVM
Dr. Craig Chase
Iowa State University
Optimum Service Group Crop Insurance
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.
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:
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.
Organic Farmers for Relationship Marketing
Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines
Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist
Paul Dettloff-D.V.M Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative
Windberry Acres Organic Grain Producer
Beginning Farmers Explore Production, Business and Marketing Agenda
Springfield, Missouri Wednesday Jan. 25
Ramada Plaza Oasis Hotel & Convention Center, Maui Meeting Room
2546 N Glenstone Ave, Springfield, MO 65803
9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey
9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions —National Farmers Host, Tim Ennis
9:30 a.m. Improving Yields and Quality in Your Forages —Mark Kopecky, CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley Soil Agronomist
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Organic Crop Insurance — Al Smith, Optimum Service Group
11:30 a.m. Marketing Organic Grains —Tim Boortz, National Farmers Organic Grain Marketer
12:45 p.m. Organic Dairy Operations — Ashley Peterson and Stewart Wurzel
1:45 p.m. Farm Financial Management —Dale Nordquist, Associate Director of the Center for Farm Financial Management in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota
2:30 p.m. Organic Land Certification Basics — Angie Tunink, Organic Crop Improvement Association
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Introduction to OFARM — Oren Holle, President - Organization for Relationship Marketing
3:45 p.m. Post Program Survey
4:00 p.m. Ag Tech Panel — University of Missouri’s Leon Schumacher will moderate Tech Effects in Farming. Precision Ag's Kent Shannon will present a variable rate technology (VRT demo). Karen Funkenbusch will talk about Grain Safety. And Professor Schumacher will look into farmings’ future.
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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22872.
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.