Next FarmStarts Meeting

Dec. 6—Polk City, Iowa

Cherry Glen Farm

3989 NW 94th Ave 50266

 

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.

  • Thursday Dec. 6 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Polk City, Iowa Cherry Glenn Farm 3989 NW 94th Ave 50266 9:00 a.m. Registration and Pre-Program Survey 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Attendee Introductions Hosts, Tim Ennis—National Farmers 9:30 a.m. Organic Crop Insurance, Al Smith—NF Crop Insurance 10:00 a.m. Organic Certification Basics, Jamey Meyer—Iowa Department of Lands Stewardship 10:45 a.m. Break 11:00 a.m. How to Market Organic Grains, Tim Boortz— National Farmers 11:30 a.m. Organic Farmer Videos 12:00 Lunch – Our Treat! 12:45 p.m. Financial Management of Organic Farms, Dale Nordquist— University of Minnesota Center for Farm Management 1:30 p.m. Organic Practices That Really Work, Aaron Lehman—Experienced Producer and President, Iowa Farmers Union 2:30 p.m. Break 2:45 p.m. Restoration Farming, Dr. Ray Meylor—Cherry Glen Farm 3:15 p.m. Introduction to Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing, John Bobbe—OFARM 3:45 p.m. Post-Program Survey
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Milbank, S.D. Topics Covered Organic Certification Basics Organic Dairy Practices 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
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Willmar, MN Topics Covered Organic Certification Basics Organic Dairy Practices Organic Farmer Videos Financial Management of Organic Farms Organic Practices That Really Work Organic Crop Insurance Introduction to Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dubuque, 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
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Altamont, IL 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
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Piper City, IL 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
  • 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.

 

Next FarmStarts Meeting

Dec. 6—Polk City, Iowa

Cherry Glen Farm

3989 NW 94th Ave 50266

 

 

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

Next FarmStarts Meeting

Dec. 6—Polk City, Iowa

Cherry Glen Farm

3989 NW 94th Ave 50266

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

Next FarmStarts Meeting

Dec. 6—Polk City, Iowa

Cherry Glen Farm

3989 NW 94th Ave 50266