The Organic Grain Resource and Information Network (OGRAIN) was initially funded in 2015 by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, expected to carry the project through the end of August 2017. OGRAIN set out to develop an educational framework for developing organic grain production in the upper midwest, including facilitating a mentorship program, a new series of educational videos, a variety of field days during the growing season, and an annual winter seminar.
The OGRAIN website should be online this summer. In the meantime, check out the OGRAIN YouTube Channel for videos on topics ranging from weed control to marketing, or join the email list to enjoy highly informative conversations with experienced growers – past discussions have addressed questions such as grain storage, termination of specific cover crops, weed management techniques, and more. Join the OGRAIN listserv by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or find OGRAIN on Facebook.
OGRAIN is managed by Dr. Erin Silva. Contact her with any questions regarding the OGRAIN program. If you have a specific organic grain management questions, try polling experienced growers, researchers, and industry representatives by emailing the listserv!
Registration is now open for the 2018 OGRAIN winter conference!
Join keynote presenter Klaas Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain, NY, and 17 other speakers for an information packed two-day organic grain and row crop conference on the University of Wisconsin Madison campus, January 26 and 27th 2018. Soil health, approaches to weed, pest and disease management, growing feed, food grade and specialty small grains, marketing, organic transition, post-harvest handling, finances and more will be presented by a mix of farmers, businesses and University researchers. Attendees can visit over 20 business and non-profit booths and will receive an organic resource book. Registration is only $80 for the information-packed two day event. Please visit this page to register and get full information or contact Harriet Behar via email or phone (608-872-2164).