Monday January 29 — Mason, Ohio

Thursday February 8—Platteville, Wis.

 

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.

Presenters

Contact Us to Learn More. 515.598.4674

FarmStarts Mentor Forum

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 Oren Holle

Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing

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John Bobbe

Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing

Angie Tunink

Organic Crop Improvement Association

TJ Boortz

National Farmers

Organics Marketer

Guy Jodarski, DVM

Organic Valley

Lead Veterinarian

Al Smith

Optimum Service Group Crop Insurance

Dale Nordquist

Assc. Dir., UMN Center for Farm Financial Management

Tim Ennis

National Farmers

Carmen Fernholz

Organic Farmers for Relationship Marketing

Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines

Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist

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

Mark Kopecky

Organic Valley

Soil Agronomist

Will Ortman

Windberry Acres Organic Grain Producer

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Dr. Francis Thicke

National Organic Standards Board Member

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Angie Tunink

Organic Crop

Improvement Association

Tim Boortz

National Farmers Organics Marketer

Guy Jodarski, DVM

Organic Valley

Lead Veterinarian

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

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