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2017 OGRAIN Organic Grain Production and Marketing Seminar
University of Wisconsin - Madison - Dejope Hall - Lake Mendota Room
Madison, WI
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2017 OGRAIN Organic Grain Production and Marketing Seminar
With organic grain prices as much as three times higher than conventional prices, demand for organic grain far outstripping supply, and potential environmental benefits, opportunities abound in this industry. An engaging weekend-long workshop offered by the Organic Grain Resources and Information Network (OGRAIN) and the Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) at UW-Madison will help farmers take advantage of the rapidly growing market for organic grain.

The Organic Grain Production and Marketing Seminar will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 21st and 22nd, 2017 on the UW-Madison campus.

The weekend will be filled with presentations, panels, and discussions led by experienced organic farmers, researchers, agency personnel and industry representatives. We'll learn from experts AND the expertise that each participant will bring.



8:00 AM - Welcome and introductions - Anders Gurda, OGRAIN
8:30 AM - Organic Grain 101 - Carmen Fernholz, A-Frame Farm
9:30 AM - Organic Transition and Certification - Jackie
         DeMinter, MOSA
10:30 AM - BREAK
10:45 AM - Organic grain marketing panel
          Miranda Leis - Organic Valley
          Brianna Fiene - Plovgh
          John Bobbe - OFARM
          Eric Deblieck - Grain Millers Inc.
12:15 PM - LUNCH
1:00 PM - Whole Farm Revenue Protection - Roxann Brixen
2:00 PM - Organic weed management - Gary McDonald
3:15 PM - BREAK
3:30 PM - Towards healthier soils - Justin Morris, NRCS
4:30 PM - Doing the numbers on organic grain - Paul Dietmann,
         Badgerland Financial
5:30 PM - Adjourn

Evening  Recommendations for local restaurants and watering holes will be made available.


9:00 AM - No Till Organic Production - Dr. Erin Silva
         (UW-Madison) and Keith Wilson
10:15 AM - Finding the right rotation for your farm
          Randy Hughes - Hughes Family Farm, Blue Farm Chips
          Harold Wilkens - Janies Farm Organics
          Daryl Hinderman - Organic Valley
          Keith Wilson - Wilson Family Farm
          Mark Doudlah - FarmRite Organics
          Dr. Matt Ruark - UW-Madison
11:45 AM - LUNCH
12:30 PM - Food-grade grain production - Dr. Julie Dawson
         (UW-Madison), Gilbert Williams (Lonesome Stone
          Milling LLC), and Harold Wilkins (Janies Farm
2:00 PM - Beginning farmer panel
         John Wepking - Bickford Organics
         Matthew Haddinger  
         Willy Hughes - Hughes Family Farm
         Andy Hazzard - Hazzard-Free Farm Grains and Beans
         Molly Breslin - Breslin Farms
3:30 PM - Adjourn

HOTEL INFORMATION: For places to stay on campus, visit this page, and for hotels near UW-Madison, visit this page

PARKING INFORMATION: The event will be held in Dejope hall. Please reference the parking map to identify lots near Dejope where you can park. Lot 62 across from the Natatorium Gym will likely be your best bet and is a short walk to Dejope.

PAYMENT INFORMATION: Cost for the workshop is $50 for the whole weekend and $30 for one day. A light breakfast, snack, and lunch are included. Need-based scholarships are available  please contact Anders Gurda ( for more information.

If you'd like to pay by check, make it out to UW-Madison and mail to:
Anders Gurda
1630 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

The event is available to anyone with an interest in learning more about organic grain production. However, the seminar emphasizes the needs of beginning farmers who have been farming for fewer than 10 years.

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


University of Wisconsin - Madison - Dejope Hall - Lake Mendota Room (View)
640 Elm Drive
Madison, WI 53706
United States

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


Owner: Anders Gurda
On BPT Since: Dec 06, 2016
Anders Gurda

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