Iowa Organic Association Workshop at NICC October 1

Des Moines, Iowa — As the organic market continues to grow, Iowa producers, landowners and
businesses are looking for opportunities to participate in this movement. The Iowa Organic Association
(IOA) and regional partners will deliver a series of “Growing Organic Expertise in Iowa” organic
workshops to provide the information, tools and resources needed for agriculture service providers and
consultants to support farmers interested in organic transition, diversification and expansion.
This full-day workshop will provide information from organic experts and presented resources about the
National Organic Program, organic certification and transition, organic standards and production
practices and insight into current organic market trends and demands. The target audience for the
workshop includes: NRCS, Extension, IDALS, FSA, SWCD, RC&D, County Conservation, crop
insurance agents, farm lenders, farming organizations, farmers, agriculture educators and students, and
others interested in learning more about organic opportunities.
Currently, Iowa ranks fifth in the U.S. and represents five percent of the nation’s certified organic farms,
and yet less than 1% of Iowa’s agriculture production is organic. Rosalyn Lehman, IOA executive
director shares that “many of Iowa’s farmers and landowners struggle to find reliable support as they
explore new organic production systems and land uses.” These workshops will provide guidance and
tools to adequately assist organic and transitioning farmers and landowners.
Today, the organic market is a $50 billion industry. “As the market continues to grow, and demand for
domestic, organic products continues to exceed supply, it is necessary that Iowa service providers are
skilled and knowledgeable about organic agriculture to help Iowa farmers diversify and grow organic
acres,” said Kevin Kuhn, Iowa NRCS Resource Conservationist. Expanding organic production in Iowa
is as much an opportunity for farmers to diversify production and income streams, as it is for businesses
supporting those producers.
The October “Growing Organic Expertise in Iowa”workshops are the first in the series of 20 regional
workshops that will be offered across Iowa over the next two years. The locations for the October 2019
workshops are as follows:
October 1 — Northeast Iowa Community College, 1625 HWY 150 South, Calmar
October 2 — Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd SE, Cedar Rapids
October 3 — Rock Island Depot, 102 Chestnut St, Atlantic
October 4 — Hamilton County Extension, 311 Bank St, Webster City
To register, visit https://www.iowaorganic.org/calendar or call 515-608-8622. There is a $20 fee to
participate, and lunch will be included.
IOA’s “Growing Organic Expertise in Iowa” workshop training series is made possible with grant
support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE).
The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) is a statewide, 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to
organic education, advocacy and cooperation. Our membership is a diverse community of Iowa’s
organic farmers, gardeners, food and farm businesses, advocates and consumers who are devoted to
expanding organic opportunities and building a more sustainable Iowa. For more information, visit
www.iowaorganic.org.