Fourth annual Iowa Organic Conference November 1

The Iowa State University Organic Agriculture Program (Departments of Agronomy and Horticulture) will be holding their 4th Annual Iowa Organic Conference on Monday, November 1, in the Scheman Building on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames.

"We expect an excellent turnout for this year's conference," said Kathleen Delate, director of the Organic Ag Program at Iowa State. "Last year's conference drew 320 farmers, agricultural professionals, and educators from around the country to discuss organic crop and livestock production, marketing, and grants available to organic producers. This year, more than 40 vendors and educational exhibitors will participate in an all-day trade show."

The keynote speaker for this year's conference will be Chuck Hassebrook, executive director for the Center for Rural Affairs, speaking about "Working Together on Behalf of Family Farms." Featured speakers include Fred Kirschenmann from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture speaking on the Leopold Center's "Grass-Based Initiative," George Bird from Michigan State University speaking on "Know Your

Soil Biology for Improved Organic Farming," Lewis Jett from the University of Missouri speaking on "Organic Greenhouse-High Tunnels for the Midwest," and

Kathleen Delate from Iowa State University speaking on "Organic Standards Update."

Conference participants can receive 3 Iowa Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) credits in crop production by attending. To register or for additional information about the Iowa Organic Conference, CCA credits, or student discounts, please call (515) 294-5116 or visit the website.

This article originally appeared on page 121 of the IC-492(21) -- October 4, 2004 issue.

Updated 10/03/2004 - 1:00pm