Transitioning to Organic Workshop: Saturday, April 16, at the Kalona Family Cupboard Restaurant in Kalona, Iowa

Seven years of research at the Iowa State University research farm in Neely-Kinyon have shown basically equivalent corn and soybean yields between organic and conventional production techniques. These promising results demonstrate the viability and profitability of organic farming. As demand for organic products continues to rise, the need for new organic producers increases as well. The Iowa State University Organic Agriculture Program, Iowa State University Extension, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Professional Proteins Ltd., Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI), and the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) will co-sponsor a workshop to discuss the transition from conventional to organic production on Saturday, April 16, at the Kalona Family Cupboard Restaurant in Kalona, Iowa . The workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will end around 3:00 p.m. with lunch provided featuring local organic food.

The workshop is for farmers who are considering a transition to organic production and want to farm using sound environmental stewardship practices while also accessing the rapid market growth and price premiums of selling organic products. Highlights of the workshop will include helpful hints from organic farmers, discussion on the certification process, tips on crop selection, information on organic markets, fertility and weed management advice, and suggestions on dealing with the threat of soybean rust.

The registration fee will be absorbed by the co-sponsors though participants are asked to register by April 12. To register contact the Organic Agriculture Program at (515) 294-5116 or e-mail For more information on this workshop and other organic projects please visit our website: Additional information on transitioning to organic farming can be found at the MOSES website:

Download the workshop brochure (pdf)

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Page last updated 4/14/09

Contact: Dr. Kathleen Delate, Associate Professor
Organic Specialist
Depts. of Agronomy/Horticulture, 106 Horticulture Hall
Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-7069, Fax: 515-294-0730
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Organic Agriculture Lab
Mike Graham, Graduate Student
Amy Alesch
, Graduate Student
Phone: 515-294-5116

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