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Thursday September 14 — Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Tuesday September 19 — Thorp, Wisconsin

Wednesday September 20 — Shawano, Wisconsin

 

Presenters

Beginning Farmers Explore

Production, Business and Marketing

One-Day 2017 FarmStarts Schedule

Angie Tunink

Organic Crop Improvement Association

TJ Boortz

National Farmers

Organics Marketer

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

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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Dr. Francis Thicke

National Organic Standards Board Member

 Oren Holle

Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing

 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

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Detroit Lakes, MN Sept. 14

Thorp, Wis. Sept. 19

Shawano, Wis. Sept. 20

Detroit Lakes, Minn. — MN Community College, Room C103,

900 Hwy 34E

 

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. Organic Grain Practices That Really Work

Charlie Johnson, Madison, South Dakota organic grain producer

 

10:15 a.m. Break

 

10:30 a.m Ensuring Healthy Livestock— Paul Dettloff-DVM, CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley

 

11:30 a.m. Financial Management of Organic Farms

Dale Nordquist, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

 

12:00 Lunch – Our Treat!

 

12:45 p.m. Organic Certification Basics

Marlene Ells (Invited), International Certification Service ICS

 

1:30 p.m. Marketing Your Organic Grains

Tim Boortz, National Farmers NForganics

 

2:00 p.m. Organic Crop Insurance

Al Smith, Optimum Service Group

 

2:45 p.m. Break

 

3:00 p.m. Introduction to the Organization for Relationship Marketing (OFARM)

John Bobbe, Executive Director, Organization for Relationship Marketing

 

4:00 p.m. Post-Program Survey

 

4:15 p.m. Adjourn

 

Thorp, Wisconsin  — Christian Aid Ministry Building

W8872 Pine Road

September 19— 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey

 

9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions National Farmers Host

 

9:30 a.m. How National Farmers Markets Milk Opportunities and Methods for Non-GMO Milk Production—Pam Riesgraf, Regional Director, Midwest Region—National Farmers

 

10:15 a.m. Break

 

10:30 a.m Organic and Non-GMO Dairy Producer Experiences— Gene Ludvigsen and Wilmer Martin

 

11:15 a.m. Soil Health—The Cornestone of Profitability—Bryan Parr—Profit Pro Ag

 

12:00 Lunch — Our Treat!

 

1:00 p.m. Non-GMO feedstuffs, Tom Kopp, President—Choice Grains LLC

 

1:30 p.m. Organic Certification Basics—Elizabeth Tigan, Certification Manager—Nature’s International Certification Service

 

2:15 p.m. Break

 

2:30 p.m. Financial Management of Organic Farms, Curtis Mahnken—Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

 

3:15 p.m. Marketing Your Organic Grains, Introduction to the Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing, Tim Boortz, Program Manager—National Farmers’ NForganics

 

3:45 p.m. Post-Program Survey

 

4:00 p.m. Workshop End

 

The Gathering

2600 East Richmond

Shawano, Wisconsin

Sept. 20—9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

 

9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey

 

9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions—National Farmers Host

 

9:30 a.m. Financial Management of Organic Farms, Curtis Mahnken— Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota

 

10:15 a.m. Break

 

10:30 a.m. How National Farmers Markets Milk, Opportunities and Methods for Non-GMO Milk Production— Pam Riesgraf, National Farmers Midwest Regional Director

 

11:30 a.m Organic Dairy Producer Experiences—Kevin Mahalko

 

12:00 Lunch – Our Treat!

 

1:00 p.m. Non-GMO feedstuffs

               Tom Kopp, President—Choice Grains LLC

 

1:30 p.m. Organic Certification Basics, Elizabeth Tigan, Certification Manager—Nature’s International Certification Service

 

2:15 p.m. Break

 

2:30 p.m. Soil Health—The Cornestone of Profitability

      Bryan Parr—Profit Pro Ag

 

3:15 p.m. Post-Program Survey

 

3:30 p.m. Workshop End

 

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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.

Dr. Francis Thicke

National Organic Standards Board Member

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

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

Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines

Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist

Will Ortman

Windberry Acres Organic Grain Producer

Mark Kopecky

Organic Valley

Soil Agronomist

Tim Ennis

National Farmers

Host

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.

Dr. Francis Thicke

National Organic Standards Board Member

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