August 14 — Beatrice, Nebraska

August 15 — Newton, Kansas

 

 

 

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

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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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One-Day FarmStarts Schedule

Beginning Farmers Explore Production, Business and 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.

  • Tuesday, August 14 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Beatrice, Nebraska Southeast Community College 4771 W. Scott Rd. Beatrice, NE 68310 9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions Hosts, Tim Ennis—National Farmers and Ed Reznicek—Central Plains Organic Farmers 9:30 a.m. What is Organic and How Do I Start? Daryl Hinderman, Organic Valley, Farm Transition Consultant 10:15 a.m. Break 10:30 a.m Organic Crop Rotation, Soil Fertility & Weed Control Jack Geiger, Organic Grain & Livestock Producer 11:15 a.m. Soil Health in Organic Cropping Systems Candy Thomas & Mark Janzen, NRCS 12:00 Lunch – Our Treat! 12:45 p.m. Financial Management of Organic Farms Curtis Mahnken, Center for Farm Financial Management University of Minnesota 1:30 p.m. Organic Certification Basics Jackie Keller, Eastern Kansas Organic Crop Improvement Association 2:15 p.m. Organic Crop Insurance 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. Marketing Organic Grains Adam Ptacek & Martin Eddy, CPOF Grain Marketers 3:45 p.m. Introduction to Organic Cooperative Marketing Agency in Common Oren Holle, Board President, OFARM Post-Program Survey
  • Wednesday August 15 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. North Newton, Kansas Bethel College, Mantz Library Lounge 300 East 27th Street, North Newton, KS 67117 9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions Hosts, Tim Ennis—National Farmers and Ed Reznicek—Central Plains Organic Farmers 9:30 a.m. What is Organic and How Do I Start? Daryl Hinderman, Organic Valley, Farm Transition Consultant 10:15 a.m. Break 10:30 a.m Organic Crop Rotation, Soil Fertility & Weed Control Jack Geiger, Organic Grain & Livestock Producer 11:15 a.m. Soil Health in Organic Cropping Systems Candy Thomas & Mark Janzen, NRCS 12:00 Lunch – Our Treat! 12:45 p.m. Financial Management of Organic Farms Curtis Mahnken, Center for Farm Financial Management University of Minnesota 1:30 p.m. Organic Certification Basics Jackie Keller, Eastern Kansas Organic Crop Improvement Association 2:15 p.m. Organic Crop Insurance 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. Marketing Organic Grains Adam Ptacek & Martin Eddy, CPOF Grain Marketers 3:45 p.m. Introduction to Organic Cooperative Marketing Agency in Common Oren Holle, Board President, OFARM Post-Program Survey

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.

 

August 14 — Beatrice, Nebraska

August 15 — Newton, Kansas

 

 

 

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

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

 

August 14 — Beatrice, Nebraska

August 15 — Newton, Kansas

 

 

  • Tuesday, August 14 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Beatrice, Nebraska Southeast Community College 4771 W. Scott Rd. Beatrice, NE 68310 9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions Hosts, Tim Ennis—National Farmers and Ed Reznicek—Central Plains Organic Farmers 9:30 a.m. What is Organic and How Do I Start? Daryl Hinderman, Organic Valley, Farm Transition Consultant 10:15 a.m. Break 10:30 a.m Organic Crop Rotation, Soil Fertility & Weed Control Jack Geiger, Organic Grain & Livestock Producer 11:15 a.m. Soil Health in Organic Cropping Systems Candy Thomas & Mark Janzen, NRCS 12:00 Lunch – Our Treat! 12:45 p.m. Financial Management of Organic Farms Curtis Mahnken, Center for Farm Financial Management University of Minnesota 1:30 p.m. Organic Certification Basics Jackie Keller, Eastern Kansas Organic Crop Improvement Association 2:15 p.m. Organic Crop Insurance 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. Marketing Organic Grains Adam Ptacek & Martin Eddy, CPOF Grain Marketers 3:45 p.m. Introduction to Organic Cooperative Marketing Agency in Common Oren Holle, Board President, OFARM Post-Program Survey
  • Wednesday August 15 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. North Newton, Kansas Bethel College, Mantz Library Lounge 300 East 27th Street, North Newton, KS 67117 9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions Hosts, Tim Ennis—National Farmers and Ed Reznicek—Central Plains Organic Farmers 9:30 a.m. What is Organic and How Do I Start? Daryl Hinderman, Organic Valley, Farm Transition Consultant 10:15 a.m. Break 10:30 a.m Organic Crop Rotation, Soil Fertility & Weed Control Jack Geiger, Organic Grain & Livestock Producer 11:15 a.m. Soil Health in Organic Cropping Systems Candy Thomas & Mark Janzen, NRCS 12:00 Lunch – Our Treat! 12:45 p.m. Financial Management of Organic Farms Curtis Mahnken, Center for Farm Financial Management University of Minnesota 1:30 p.m. Organic Certification Basics Jackie Keller, Eastern Kansas Organic Crop Improvement Association 2:15 p.m. Organic Crop Insurance 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. Marketing Organic Grains Adam Ptacek & Martin Eddy, CPOF Grain Marketers 3:45 p.m. Introduction to Organic Cooperative Marketing Agency in Common Oren Holle, Board President, OFARM Post-Program Survey