IOWA CITY – The 21st annual Iowa Organic Conference takes place starting Sunday at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Growers and experts from across the country will share tips on how to transition to organic production and ways to improve organic farming.
The conference is a joint initiative of Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.
Jessica Shade, Senior Scientist at The Organic Center, will deliver the keynote entitled “Resisting Climate Change with Organic Farming”.
The conference begins on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. with vendors set up in the Iowa Memorial Union Main Lounge and on-site registration, followed by a 6:00 p.m. reception with local and organic food and beverages in the IMU Second Floor Ballroom .
Iowa Organic Conference
The reception and conference lunch on Monday will highlight local and organic produce, meat and dairy products, which are being put together into a gourmet menu by Barry Greenberg, Head Chef at the University of Iowa, with the help of his team.
After Shade’s keynote at 8 a.m. on Monday, the breakout sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. and include information on crop production and marketing, food safety, transition to organic farming, weed management, organic crop and animal production, and carbon markets for farmers.
Under the motto “Save the Planet Through Organics: Managing Climate Change with Organic Practices”, the conference will hold sessions on the environmental and social impacts of organic food production and agriculture.
“The Iowa Organic Conference is the largest university-sponsored organic conference in the country,” said Kathleen Delate, professor and organic specialist in horticulture and agronomy for the state of Iowa. “Despite the challenges of the wet weather at the beginning of the season and the drought at many locations in July and August, organic farmers expect successful organic yields with organic soybean prices currently averaging $ 32 per bushel and organic corn at $ 9.22 per bushel. “
Conference registration is possible on-line and the cost is $ 120. For more information about the conference, visit the Iowa Organic Conference 2021 website or contact Delate at [email protected] or (515) 294-5116.