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2018 OGRAIN Organic Winter Conference
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor
Madison, WI
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2018 OGRAIN Organic Winter Conference
This two-day intensive offered by the Organic Grain Resources and Information Network (OGRAIN) and the Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) at UW-Madison will guide farmers in taking advantage of the rapidly growing market for organic grain.

The 2018 Organic Grain Winter Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27, 2018 on the UW-Madison campus.

Presentations, panels, and discussions led by experienced organic farmers, researchers, agency personnel and industry representatives will engage attendees. We'll learn from experts as well as the expertise that each participant brings.

The event is available to anyone with an interest in learning more about organic grain production. We offer sessions specific to the needs of beginning farmers (farming for fewer than 10 years). Sessions relevant to those already engaged in organic production will also be presented.


For complete workshop descriptions and more information, visit the OGRAIN website A short summary is shown below.


Room  blocks have been reserved at the nearby Hilton Doubletree and the Hampton Inn. For more information, go here.
For hotels near UW-Madison, visit this page


The event will be held in UW-Madison Gordon Dining and Event Center. Please reference this map   to identify lots where you can park.


Cost for the conference is $80 for the two days. A light breakfast, snack, and lunch are included. Evening meal is on your own and not included in the registration fee.

Online registration with payment by credit card is available via this website. Those wishing to register using a mail-in form and check can contact Harriet Behar at or 608-872-2164 to receive instructions. We expect some walk-in registrations will be available, but the price will increase to $95.00.

Refunds will be honored before Jan. 23. There will be no weather-related refunds for the event. Contact Harriet with any refund questions.

This conference is made possible by a grant from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.  OGRAIN is a collaborative effort of the UW-Madison/UWEX Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems lab, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC), and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).


7:30 AM     Registration and light breakfast
8:00-8:15   Welcome - Erin Silva, OGRAIN
8:15-9:30   Soil fertility-organic choices and solutions - Jaime Patton, UW Extension
9:45-10:45 Marketing organic grains and rotation crops - Tim Boortz, NFO
10:45-12:15 Cover crops and no-till in an organic cash grain rotation - Erin Silva, Léa Vereecke, Matt Ruark, UW-Madison
12:15-1:15  LUNCH and sponsor table visits
1:15-2:00   Keynote:Diversity Builds Resistence - Klaas Martens, Lakeview Organic Grains
2:15-3:15   Choose one workshop
* Getting started in small grains (Transitioning session) - Bruce Roskens, Grain Millers
* Unique small grains for food or feed (Experienced session) - Klaas Martens,Lakeview Organic Grains, Elia Romano, Albert Lea Seed
3:30-4:30   Choose one workshop
* Navigating organic certification (Transitioning session) - Harriet Behar, NOSB member
* Integrating livestock into a cash grain operation (Experienced session) - Jack Erisman, IL organic farmer
4:30-6:30   Reception, snacks and cash bar, sponsor table visits
Evening  Recommendations for local restaurants and watering holes will be available.

7:30 AM     Light breakfast
8:00-9:30   Choose one workshop
* Transitioning to organic panel (Transitioning session)- Sandy Syburg, TBD
* Managing crop pests and diseases through practices not products (Experienced session) - Klaas Martens, Lakeview Organic Grains
9:45-11:00  Choose one workshop
* Mechanical weed management (Transitioning session)- Joel Gruver, Western IL U
* Ecological weed management (Experienced session)- Matt Liebman, IA State U
11:15-12:15 Post harvest handling and storage - Craig Tomera, Grain Millers
12:15-1:00  LUNCH
1:00-2:15   Farm financials and crop insurance - Rich Ritter, Flanagan State Bank
2:30-4:00   Farmer Panel-Keys to organic farm success - Klaas Martens, Jack Erisman, Mark Doudlah
4:00        Wrap up and complete conference evaluations


University of Wisconsin - Madison, Gordon Dining and Event Center, Second Floor (View)
770 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53715
United States


Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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